In recent years, more and more funding opportunities have become available for schools, districts, and school systems to utilize technology in classrooms across the country. For schools to take advantage of these opportunities, they need to plan for the future to maximize the use of technology so that it becomes an invisible tool in every curriculum area - English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and applied learning.
If you are classroom teacher, a.k.a. techie, administrator, or a concerned parent who wants to further the use of technology in the school building, then visit TeachNet each week for pointers on creating a technology plan. I will bring you strategies and suggestions for helping your school design a technology plan that meets the needs of members of your learning community. Some of the information for this workshop is an adaptation of the Quebec English Schools Network's Using Technology for Learning: A Planning Guide and from IMPACT II's Teacher Policy Institute. Dr. James A. Mecklenburger's helpful hints on "The Good and Bad of District Planning for Technology" will be included.
Here's our workshop agenda:
One: Getting Your Stakeholders
Two: Rate Your Site
Three: Create a Vision
Four: Set Goals and Objectives
Five: Build an Implementation Plan
Six: Build Partnerships—Expanding the Community Circle
Seven: Gathering Resources
Eight: Build Teacher Capacity
Nine: Assessment & Evaluation