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Six-Step Process in Creating a Technology Plan

Step 3: Current Technology Raw Data and Analyze Data

 

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1 Getting Started

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6 Disseminate, Monitor, and Evaluate the Technology Plan

Technology Mission Statement

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5 Develop and Implement Action Plans and Timelines

3 Current Technology Raw Data and Analyze Data

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4 Goals and Objectives
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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GUIDING QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

SCORING GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Current Technology - Raw Data

The goal of this step is to get a comprehensive picture of where your district currently stands in relationship to the mission statement.  Your committee should produce an overview of the current status of:  1)  technical support,  2) hardware and infrastructure, 3) curriculum/student learning with technology, 4) teacher skills and delivery of instruction, 5)  administrative use of computers, 6) technology policies, and 7) funding levels/sources. 

Information should be gathered from both the building and district level.  Several instruments are already in place for this process including the Census of Technology report that is prepared every April as part of Core Data.  Surveys, interviews as well as input from all stakeholders are important in obtaining the correct information. 

As you go through the assessing process, it can’t be stated strongly enough to keep the focus on teaching and learning and not just on hardware and connectivity. 

Analyze Data and Make Recommendations

Your technology committee is in place.  You have established a mission for technology use within your district.  You have gathered your data from existing instruments and surveys.  The next task is to analyze that data to make recommendations. 

The major purpose of analyzing the data is to determine the gap between where you are and where you want to be.  Your technology mission statement and the goals you have developed for technology use within your district should drive this analysis.  With technology planning you must always keep your ultimate goal in mind. 

Basically, your data analysis should revolve around the five Technology Focus Areas (TFAs).

  1. Student Learning (includes technology skills)
  2. Teacher Preparation and Delivery of Instruction
  3. Administration / Data Management / Communication Processes
  4. Resource Distribution and Use
  5. Technical Support

In each of these areas you are looking for the gap between “what is” and "what should be.”  When you have identified the gap you will have a handle on the need.  Then you are in a position to develop recommendations that will address those needs and help accomplish your technology mission.

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GUIDING QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

SCORING GUIDE

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GUIDING QUESTIONS

  • What are the technology gaps between the mission and the current status of the five Technology Focus Areas (TFAs)?
  1. Student learning (includes technology skills)
  2. Teacher preparation and delivery of instruction
  3. Administration/data management/communication processes
  4. Resource distribution and use
  5. Technical support 
  • Has equity of infrastructure and technical resources been addressed?
  • Is redistribution of technology (hardware/software) a viable strategy within the district?  

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RESOURCES  

Technology Planning Guides

Basic Principles of Technology Planning. North Central Regional Technology in Education (NCRTEC) Consortium, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).  

Education Leadership Tool Kit: Change and Technology in America’s Schools. National School Boards Foundation, National School Boards Association.

Factors Influencing the Effective Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning: Lessons Learned (pdf). SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC), 2001.

Getting America’s Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge. U.S. Department of Education, 1996.

    • Benefits of Technology Use
    • Reaching the Technology Goals

Technology @ Your Fingertips: A Guide to Implementing Technology Solutions for Education Agencies and Institutions. The National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES), 1998 & 2001.   

Technology in Schools: Suggestions, Tools and Guidelines for Assessing Technology in Elementary and Secondary Schools (pdf). Technology in Schools Task Force, National Forum on Education Statistics, 2002. 

Technology Plan Outline (pdf). Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2000. 

Using Technology in Missouri Schools - A Planning Guide. Missouri Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education, 1994. 

Hints from Missouri Educators

Analyze Data to Make Recommendations. David Hollingshead, Gideon School District, Gideon, Missouri, 2000. 

National Technology Standards

National Educational Technology Standards Project. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2000-2002. 

Total Cost of Ownership

Consortium for School Networking.   

    • A School Administrator’s Guide to Planning for the Total Cost of New Technology (pdf). Consortium for School Networking, 2002.
    • Budgeting for the Total Cost of Ownership of School Networks (ppt). Consortium for School Networking, 2002.
    • What Is Your School District's Total Cost of Ownership Type? Consortium for School Networking, 1999. 

K12 TCO Calculator. Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education (IAETE), 2002.  

Data Collection and Reporting Tools

The CEO Forum School Technology and Readiness Report: Professional Development: A Link to Better Learning. CEO Forum on Education
Technology, February, 1999.

Closing the Equity Gap in Technology Access and Use: A Practical Guide for K-12 Educators. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory’s (NWREL) Northwest Educational Technology Consortium (NETC), 1998.

Profile your District. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2001.

Profiler. High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium (HPR*TEC), 2000. 

Learning With Technology Profile Tool. North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium and North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. 

Taking a Good Look at Instructional Technology (TAGLIT).  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Originally developed by the Principals' Executive Program, University of North Carolina Center for School Leadership Development), 2000. 

Technology Support Index (TSI). International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2001

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DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

    • Assess Current Impact of Technology htm   pdf 
    • Assessment of Current Technology htm   pdf 
    • Hardware Inventory  pdf 
    • Software Inventory   pdf 
    • Teacher Inventory Worksheet - Access to Available Technology htm   pdf 
    • Technology Inventory Worksheet htm   pdf 

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GUIDING QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

SCORING GUIDE

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SCORING GUIDE 

Click here for Tech Plan Scoring Guide (doc)

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