What is technology use planning?
Technology use planning is an action plan that guides a school in making decisions in regards to technology. It outlines what the goals of the organization are, who is responsible, what the expectations are and a timeline. The plan will continue to evolve as the needs of the school change. It is meant to look at the current situation and plan for where the school wants to be. Overall, the goal is to improve student learning.
How might the new National Educational Technology Plan 2010 be an effective and powerful resource for technology use planning?
The National Educational Technology Plan outlines key areas to consider when using technology in education. It outlines best practices and recommendations that can improve student learning. This plan is an important resource for planning. It provides goals and ways that schools can meet those goals. It focuses on five components that are important to learning with technology: Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity.
Do you agree with See about tech use plans needing to be short, not long term?
I agree with See that a technology use plan needs to be short term. Technology changes rapidly and in order to insure that students are receiving the best instruction and engaged in their learning, the use of technology should be analyzed often. It isn’t fair to the staff or students to use outdated practices or equipment just because that is what is available. I think that schools need to have long term goals in regards to technology just not in regards to the specific kind that they will use.
What do you think about his comment that “effective technology plans focus on applications, not technology?”
I agree that we should be looking at things differently. For example, there are teachers who are given a a piece of technology and think to themselves, “What am I going to do with this?” Instead, we should be working together as a team and asking ourselves what do we want our students to achieve and what tools do we need to be successful. What we want our students to learn should be driving our decisions in purchasing technology not that we got a discount so we bought bulk. I believe it is okay that different technologies be available at different grades and at different schools. To me it is not about being equal but about having what each kid needs to be successful.
What experiences have you had with technology use planning and what have you seen for outcomes (both good and bad?)
This school year I was on the technology committee. We looked at what we have and what we want. We also applied for grants to help us meet our needs. I look forward to learning more about technology use planning so that we can have a written plan that involves different members of our school and community. I think we are doing a great job. We aren’t buying technology just to have it. For example, we added classrooms and needed to purchase some interactive whiteboards. Instead of just making the decision, we gathered the teachers that would be using the equipment and went over options. We got their input as to how they use their current interactive whiteboards and what features they felt were important for student learning. I feel that we can take what we already have lined out and create a technology plan using the Guidebook for Developing an Effective Instructional Technology Plan, the National Educational Technology Plan and the goals that our outlined for Idaho in the Students Come First initiative.