Taking Stock for Technology
After you have a clear vision for technology in your district, it is important to gain a clear understanding of what the current status is, both internally within the district, and externally, in the larger community.
Taking Stock Externally
Team members should review a wide range of computer technologies (from microcomputers and laptops to wide area networks), telecommunications technologies (including on-line databases and distance learning), optical disc technology (CD-ROM, for example), administrative technology (voice mail and electronic card catalogs) and learning technologies (multimedia, electronic simulations, hypermedia).
Visit other school districts or business, medical or military locations where technology is used and ask hardware and software vendors to provide information as well.
You should become aware of the different forms of emerging technologies and the ways in which these technologies are transforming the military, medicine, business and industry and other segments of our society.
Taking Stock Internally
Assess the current state of technology in the district, answering the following questions:
|What technologies are being used in the district?|
|What hardware and software are available and where are they located?|
|What are current staff skills in technology?|
|What are the current staff development opportunities in technology?|
|Who is currently responsible for the implementation of technology in the district?|
|What technology-related curriculum applications are in use?|
|Are there guiding documents (e.g., philosophy statements, mission statements, goals) for technology?|
|Support the concept of detailed audits that document which equipment is outdated and which specify the power of current equipment and capabilities. The audits are necessary to match district needs with existing equipment and materials.|
In addition to the questions above, the following questionnaires provide useful approaches to taking stock in your district.
Albany-Floyd County Five Year Technology Plan Assessment
Albany-Floyd County School Technology Survey
Salem-Keizer School District Technology Survey
In this Module:
|Strategic Planning Tools||Technology Planning Tools||Planning Resources|
In the Toolkit:
|Toolkit Home Page||Why Change?||Why Technology?|
|Planning||Policy||Curriculum and Assessment|
|Community Involvement||Facility Planning||Funding|
|Prof'l and Ldrship Development|