Planning, implementing and managing the use of technology has become the
standard fare for most, if not all school administrators. This includes the
development of strategic plans for the deployment of computer and other
modern technologies; the purchase and installation of computer and
networking equipment; installation and configuration of server and
workstation software; staff training; network management and problem
resolution; and finally, operations support to handle the questions and
problems encountered by your staff on a day-to-day basis.
This is the cornerstone of any plan for the deployment of technology
throughout your school. It answers the questions, "What are we going to
do?" and "How are we going to do it?" Without a global plan for the
implementation of technology, the net result may very well be an overpriced
and underutilized technology environment. To be effective, a good strategic
plan must include:
This defines the skills and knowledge base that is desired for each student.
What currently available technologies will support
the curriculum plan? What are the alternatives? What are the
cost/performance tradeoffs? What emerging technologies should we plan for?
These are some of the questions a good technology assessment should answer.
Selection of the operating environment, any server and
workstation software, development of a local and wide area networking plan,
along with cost estimates.