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Technology Plans for Private Schools. Objectives. At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to answer the following questions: What are the necessary components of an effective private school technology plan?

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  • At the end of this presentation, participants should be able to answer the following questions:
  • What are the necessary components of an effective private school technology plan?
  • How do I begin the creation and/or implementation of an effective plan?
  • Why spend all this time on a plan?
what is an effective plan
What is an Effective Plan?
  • Measurable: Metrics must be defined and measured on a regular basis
  • Empowers all stakeholders: Students, Parents/Guardians, Faculty, Staff, Administration, Volunteers, and Donors
  • Driven by organizational (educational) requirements, not technological requirements
5 components
5 Components
  • Organizational Impact
  • Technology Assessment
  • Professional Development
  • Evaluation Strategies
  • Budget
organizational impact
Organizational Impact
  • List the Vision and Mission Statements of the organization
  • Provide clear examples of how technology will be used to further the mission of the organization
  • Define measurable results that will be tracked
technology assessment
Technology Assessment
  • Complete list of all hardware and software
  • Analyze effectiveness of systems in relation to industry standard best practices
  • Consider using outside vendor to perform assessment (Cisco funding available)
  • Initial assessment should include Gap Analysis
professional development
Professional Development
  • Train the Trainer Model
  • Offer and promote training programs facilitated by vendor resources, expert peers, and volunteers
  • Provide opportunities (and funding) to attend conferences and visit model classrooms to keep abreast of current trends and best practices in technology
evaluation strategies
Evaluation Strategies
  • Define metrics
  • Measure multiple times a year
  • Possible assessment tools: Finished projects, classroom rubrics (scope and sequence), standardized test scores, classroom assessments (administration or senior faculty in-class observations)
  • “Total IT Spend”
  • Hardware – Refurbed gear is a lifesaver
  • Software – Techsoup and other programs
  • Salaries – Fully weighted
  • Telecommunications – All internet and phone
  • Service and support – All vendors
  • Supplies – Paper, toner, cables, mice, etc.
getting started
Getting Started
  • Gather stakeholders
  • Pick a Champion
  • Do lots of research
  • Document, document, document
potential pitfalls
Potential Pitfalls
  • Penny wise and pound foolish
  • IT Committees
  • Corporate Technology
  • Students improve assessment scores and are better prepared for the digital world
  • Parents/Guardians are connected/involved
  • Faculty are energized
  • Staff increase efficiency
  • Volunteer hours provide greater value
  • Donors give more