The NEED to Plan…take this test…

Working in my most recent IT projects with Southern California school districts it is still very clear that many IT and Ed Tech departments are foregoing formal IT strategic planning, even more so now that ERATE and EETT plans are going by the wayside.  Here’s a quick top ten reasons why your district’s IT Department needs a formal Strategic Technology Plan:

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10. So that everyone knows what the role of technology is for the district

9.  So that everyone knows why the infrastructure is required

8.  So that everyone knows what technologies will be coming and why

7.  So that everyone knows when (or if) they will be getting new technology

6.  So that everyone knows how much technology systems will cost

5.  So that everyone knows their responsibilities regarding learning and using technology systems

4.  So that everyone understands how the district’s technology is supporting curriculum objectives and board goals

3.  So that everyone understands how the district’s technology is supporting professional development

2.  So that everyone understands how the district’s technology is supporting Common Core State Standards

AND THE #1 REASON YOUR DISTRICT NEEDS A FORMAL STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY PLAN.

  1.  So everyone understands how the district’s technology is supporting Student Learning!

If everyone in your district (especially the Superintendent) doesn’t know all the above details about their own technology initiatives, then someone better get busy and write a plan that addresses each one of these items.  Use it as a test for yourself and your IT and Ed Tech Departments.

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About Darryl Vidal

Darryl Vidal has been consulting for schools implementing technology for over 20 years. His projects include district-wide implementations of VoIP, Wireless, Data Center Virtualization, and Video Security. His primary instructional focus for over 15 years has been the ever evolving technology classroom. Mr. Vidal has developed the formal strategic planning and project management methodology known as MapITsm. He is currently the Vice President and principal Education Technology Consultant for Southern California-based technology firm Networld Solutions, Inc.