ERIC Number: ED411363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Technology Infusion into the Schools. Research Brief #11.
The challenge today in implementing educational technology is no longer one of acquiring equipment, but rather one of improved adoption, diffusion, and use of computers. Effective implementation requires effective planning and action to ensure equity of access to resources, coordination of resources, and developing infrastructures for information sharing. One approach, the adoption model, is to spread technology thinly, introducing technology a little at a time. Another approach, the political market model, stresses the role of the school division in spurring innovation. This model often includes pilot projects to drive implementation. The concerns-based planning model assumes that technology should be implemented in an area where it provides a direct benefit based on a defined need. Planning assumptions should involve the uses of the technology, and planning guidelines defined by the National Task Force on Educational Technology specify that implementation should include a parent education component. Policy options should be spelled out in the plan, from curriculum through hardware and home and school links. Three examples of school district technology plans are provided. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.