Writing Goals and Objectives for Technology Plans
Emma Jaccarino, Community R-VI
Perhaps the most difficult step in developing a workable technology plan is the writing of a goal statement. When writing a goal statement it is critical to state in broad, general terms what you want to accomplish during the time frame of the plan. You will probably use words enhance, develop, improve, and encourage to refer to changes that your goal will address. A carefully written goal can provide direction for the entire development process of the plan. Just write the goal down and keep it in front of you throughout the writing process. As you stop to read what you have written, ask yourself, "Does this address the goal?" If the answer is no, revise right now. By doing this, you will maintain focus that is important for success of the plan.
When I write objectives, I try to take each phrase of the goal and write a measurable objective that addresses that phrase. For example, if the goal states that we will be improving our students’ research skills, I would want to write an objective that would directly relate to that part of the goal. Remember to include the essentials -- who, what, when, and to what extent -- in the objective. Select a measurement tool that will allow you to determine if the objective has been met. This tool might be a rubric, a checklist, or results from some testing instrument. Finally, make sure that the objective is actually addressing a change in behavior in the targeted population not just a series of processes that will take place.
I usually develop the goal and objective early in the writing process of plans or grants. I find that a well thought out goal provides guidance and focus to the development of the entire project.
Community R-VI’s Technology Plan www.community.k12.mo.us/school/grants/techplan.htm