Here are some outcomes that I’d be looking to include in my next tech plan if I were leading a district.
Sample Technology Outcomes
Our tech plan will support the transformation of teaching and learning in the Sample School district by:
Empowering students to create, share, and learn as a community through the use of Web 2.0 tools.
Creating online learning opportunities for teachers and students that allow them to learn anytime, anywhere; and give them access to courses that might not be available in traditional settings.
Bridging the “digital divide” and transforming the learnng environment by providing every student and teacher with a computer.
Providing every student with access to school resources from home.
Empowering teachers with easy and seamless access to data with connections to instructional resources
Empowering students to take responsibility for their learning by participating in the creation and implementation of the tech plan and implementing Generation Yes for assisting in the professional development of staff.
Extending the district’s outreach to parents and community through web-based administrative systems, student portfolios, and e-report cards.
Simplifying administrative tasks, school operations, communications, and procedures through the use of intranets, e-documents with workflow, web page management, document management, SIF, and data standards.
Simplifying the use of technology for students, teachers, and administrators through a unified desktop that aggregates all resources in one place to be accessed with a single log-in.
Implementing a leadership development program for all administrators, teachers, and staff to insure that there are models of learning and transformation at all levels, throughout the district.
Creating a three-year software acquisition plan that is focused on district instructional objectives, that results in an application infrastructure that is web-based for browser-based, anytime, anywhere access.
Implementing new networking strategies that reduce the purchase price of computers, as well as ongoing support costs through virtualization, convergence, and remote support.
Institutionalizing a new financial model that maintains consistent funding for technology via the use of multiple, rolling financing agreements.
Implementing security measures for networks, desktops, and data. Implementing disaster recovery plans, as well as compliance plans for e-Disovery, FOIL, and software license audits.
One of the outcomes that I know might be controversial because of its expense is the one laptop per student commitment. I believe this is feasible if we re-allocate the savings from using web-based services, implementing “virtualized” networks, providing remote support, and shifting to VOIP converged networks.
Of course, this initiative can be promoted as a transformative pedagogical shift or as a way of bridging the “digital divide” and providing all learners with the most powerful learning tool available – the computer.
Many of the items in this post are on my “Tranformative Technologies” list in the Ed Tech Journeys Wiki, where they have links to demos, details, and descriptions.