Five: Build an Implementation Plan
Setting your goals is a big step, but now you have to determine
which goals should be addressed first. A subcommittee could
work on priortizing the goals or a rating sheet could be distributed
for each committee member to complete. By rating goals H-high,
M-medium, and L-low, you can begin to organize goals into categories.
Some schools have a curriculum and instruction integration plan
or a comprehensive education plan which establishes the major
goals for education in the school community. Use your education
plan as a starting point for sorting goals. Think about how
the curriculum you have in place can be enhanced with technology.
Do take a look at your partnerships. Since your committee includes
members from the community, you should consider the goals that
will mesh with your partners. Your goals and your partners'
goals may fall into three areas: shared goals, independent goals
and conflicting goals.
Your school wants to increase the library usage. The library
in your community may work together with you on establishing
links between your school library and the local branch. Through
automated technology, students could check out books from their
local branch via the school library. Or students could have
their books featured in a local branch activity featuring authors
in the community.
Your school wants to create a website. You want the work displayed
to be authentic and opt not to use a professional internet service
provider. The software developer who also sits on the committee
is looking at ways to provide financial resources for the school.
Each partner has an independent goal.
Your local politician wants to allocate funds to create a training
center in your school. Due to limited space, your school would
prefer using the money to place computers in classrooms. The
efforts of the politician appear to be in conflict with the
Keep the lines of communication open so that your partners
are aware of the seriousness of your intent and be clear to
express the value you associate with the partners' contributions.
It will take time and resources to build your partnerships and
achieve your goals.