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AK Tech Planning: What are the components of a good technology plan?
This is a concept all together new to me, but I can see the merit of its recent existence. It is vital to get everybody “on the same page!” As I reviewed the exemplars given on The National Planning for Technologies cite, I noticed common trends that fell in line with Anderson and Perry’s (1994) article “Technology Planning: Recipe for Success.”
Creating a proper technology plan was certainly a collaborative effort. And it did not consist of just teachers or just administrators. In fact, the members that made up the committees came from a variety of areas. Teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and the occasional student offered their input into these projects. All reports clearly laid out the demographics of their district and where the schools currently stood in their technology resources.
Each plan offered a clear and concise plan of monitoring and tech support. Teachers were the main cog in the assessing of progress, and therefore they needed to be properly trained in the tech. Monitoring and assessment of the tech plan was a constant, and communication was vital. However, the main point of the plan was not simply the integration of technology, but the supplementing of learning by use of tech. That was always clearly stated in these tech plans.
Each plan gave a projected date upon approval. They left room for adjustments due to needs of students or technological advancements, but they had a clear time frame. They projected where their focus would be and what their ambitions were for the future. The goals were never something completely far-fetched.
What I appreciated the most about these plans were the commitment to communication. A collaborative plan cannot succeed without proper communication. Everyone has different gifts, abilities, and insight, and all should be utilized for the most efficient plan.
Anderson, L & Perry, J. (1994). Technology planning: recipe for success. Accessed at http://www.nctp.com/tp.recipe.html
Anderson, L (2001) District technology plans. National Center for Technology Planning. Accessed at http://www.nctp.com/html/plan_district.cfm