ERIC Number: EJ700974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-1
Reference Count: N/A
Drafting a Customized Tech Plan: Throw out Yesterday's Creaky Model
Technology & Learning, v24 n7 p28 Feb 2004
Today, states and districts are zeroing in on standards-based learning and high stakes test scores--even benchmarking results in advance of the school year. Technology planning is--or should be--a key part of any such learning design. With careful planning for integration districts can be helped to more successfully address standards and, in general, arm students with core skills they need to compete in the new economy. The framework for today's planning is the No Child Left Behind Act. Part D was designed "to promote initiatives that provide teachers, principals, and administrators with the capacity to effectively integrate technology into instruction aligned with challenging state standards." The legislation advocates using technology as a means to improve curriculum, assessment, and teaching in all subject areas. It supports using electronic networks to deliver courses for students who would not otherwise have access to such content and calls for evaluation of the resulting impact on student academic achievement. It also supports professional development and encourages leveraging funds in this area to enable a more widespread integration of technology across the curriculum. Successful implementation of each of these elements requires planning. This article focuses on developing strategies that allow decision makers to assess and manage technology investments, measure the instructional impact the investments have had, develop budgetary guidelines, and understand the real costs of the current infrastructure and new initiatives. It also presents 26 steps to developing a successful technology program. Following this, are offerings of the what, why, and how four veteran educators of their own tech plan designs. A "Web Tour of Technology-Planning Sites" is also included.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Technology Integration, Computer Uses in Education, State Standards, Faculty Development, Program Development, Budgets
Technology & Learning, Subscription Department, P.O. Box 5052, Vandalia, OH 45377. Tel: 800-607-4410 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001