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Guiding Questions for Technology Plan Core Requirements
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I. STAKEHOLDERS
  • How will you involve stakeholders in developing and updating the plan? Parents, teachers, students, community, and district administrators?
  • What strategies will you use to communicate to the key stakeholders the success of the plan and the importance of technology?

II. VISION / GOALS / STRATEGIES

The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services as related to the organizations vision.
  • What goals have you identified in your school improvement plan?
  • What accompanying strategies have already been identified to reach those goals?
  • What specific telecommunications and information technologies (such as access to the Internet, access to remote databases, distance learning, etc.) are useful in helping you reach those goals?
  • What are the specific resources (e.g. trainers, selected curricular software, Internet access, links to subscribed data bases, etc.) that you plan to help you reach your goals for improved teaching and learning?
  • What is the role of technology, especially as it is related to student learning, teaching, and administrative functions?
  • How will technology be used within the curriculum and instructional activities, especially in support of the NYSED Content Standards?
  • How will technology be used to support administrative activities?
  • What strategies will be used to ensure that technology will be integrated into curriculum and instruction K-12?
  • What accountability measures will you use for evaluation?
  • How will you assess student’s technology literacy? specifically at the 8th grade
  • Self-reported survey
  • Teacher reported survey
  • Project-based assessments
  • In class observation
  • Other
  • What are the major activities required to implement the plan?
  • Who is responsible for each activity?
  • What are the timelines for implementation?

III. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education;
  • What are the specific resources and strategies that you plan to implement to ensure that your staff (teachers, administrators, and support staff) is ready to use and maintain the telecommunications and information technologies?
  • Identify the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by teachers and administrators. How is this need determined?
  • Who will be in charge of coordinating the professional development activities?
  • Are there in-service slots set aside for technology-related professional development?
  • Will the professional development be required for all that use it, or is it optional? If optional, what incentives exist to encourage teachers and librarians to pick up these new skills?
  • What models of professional development would work in your organization to train your staff?
  • What strategies do you have for hiring, training and assigning technical and instructional support staff?
  • What professional development opportunities and resources exist for your technical staff?
  • Do you have the resources in house to train these staff members or do they need to go to outside courses, or a combination of the two?
  • What financial and time resources exist to keep the staff up-to-date in learning about new technologies?
  • What professional development opportunities are available from outside sources (such as service providers, courses at institutions of higher education, conferences, courses delivered via distance learning or over the Internet: courses sponsored by your state education or Model Schools Program)?
  • What professional development opportunities and resources exist for your professional staff to ensure that they can not only use the new technologies, but to use them to deliver improved teaching and learning?
  • What classes or seminars are available to your staff on an ongoing basis within your organization?
  • Can your staff meet with others who are already further along in implementing technology in another school?
  • How will you evaluate the effects of the professional development you provide?

IV. NEEDS ASSESSMENT / INVENTORY
  • The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services. The assessment is a summative inventory of current and planned technologies.
  • What are the targets for access to technology?
  • Minimum infrastructure and equipment per school
  • Local area network and wide area network configurations and requirements
  • Software/digital content minimally available for all learners
  • Assistive devices and processes that should be in place
  • Types of equipment, wiring, software, online resources
  • Telecommunications services available (voice, video, and data)

V. BUDGET
  • The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
  • Budget must reference both revenues and expenses. Include potential funding strategies and sources: local, state, federal, other.
  • If the plan covers more than one year –provide budget projections for the length of the plan ie 3 years.
  • Funding projections should be included for the following:
  • Wiring and related electronics
  • Equipment (including telephones)
  • Software
  • Online resources
  • Telecommunications
  • On-Going maintenance and supplies
  • Replacement of out-dates equipment and resources
  • Professional Development (equal to at least 25% of requested hardware funds)


VI. EVALUATION
  • The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
  • How frequently will you update the plan?
  • Who is responsible for updating the plan?
  • What processes are in place to review and report on the progress of implementing the plan?
  • How will you determine if the technology plan was successful in meeting the goals of your institutional plans, i.e. your school improvement plan? e.g. Interview/survey staff, other stakeholders; measuring progress made towards the benchmarks you set out in your goals; observations
  • What goals and objectives of the Technology Plan were you able to meet? To what extent?
  • What process will you use to evaluate how the use of technology is impacting student learning, especially as related to the NYSED Content Standards?
  • Were there any unexpected outcomes or benefits to having the technology in place?
  • What goals and objectives of the technology plan did you not meet? Why? Are there ways to overcome these barriers?
  • What is the plan for meeting unmet goals and objectives?
  • Are there other needs that have emerged since you last wrote/revised your plan? If so, what are they?
  • Are there any goals and objectives that are no longer relevant to your situation and should be deleted from the plan?
  • What developments in technology have emerged that you can take advantage of to improve education for your school or community? How do you identify potentially useful new technologies (e.g. attending conferences, reading publications, networking with peers)?
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