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Noelene Callaghan

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Kick goals with a tech plan

Posted on 27 October, 2014 at 4:55

Q. What's the best way to plan for technology purchases?

With the DER over and schools looking for new technological platforms to invest in, the computer coordinator or head of technology has their work cut out for them in trying to determine which technologies and devices are best for their school and the best way to purchase new technologies.

Buying any new technology is not easy nor is it a simple process, however by following a few key steps, the overall process can be stress free and completed within a much shorter time frame than you perhaps have experienced.

 

Have a technology plan

Developing a plan for using technology to support educational goals should be the priority for the school over the simple acquisition of computers and software. To be successful, a technology plan must promote meaningful learning and collaboration, provide for the required professional development and support, and respond flexibly to change.

Schools that effectively use technology have a carefully designed technology plan that is a part of the overall school-improvement plan. As part of the school-improvement plan, technology should support the school’s curricular goals.

 

Identify the existing technological infrastructure of the school.

A school cannot progress and determine that iPads are the best device for their students if the current infrastructure is unable to adequately support them. An audit may identify that an upgrade may be necessary to ensure that a sufficient number of devices can be connected via IP addresses or to determine which technical specifications a device must meet in order to work effectively in all classrooms. This process is crucial particularly for schools who are implementing BYOD programs.


Determine who will be your technology provider.  

In many instances, particularly in circumstances where the school is purchasing a large volume of technologies on behalf of students, the school may be required to go to tender and ask for technology providers to submit a proposal to the school that demonstrates that they are able to meet the technical specifications. The school simply needs to contact a few well-known and reliable vendors who have had experience in dealing with schools.

Once the proposals are submitted, they can be culled and decisions as to who has the school’s best interest can be made. It is important to double check that nothing is left to assumption and all terms and conditions of the business arrangements are documented.

 


This article was published by The Australia Teacher Magazine and can be accessed via http://www.educationhq.com.au/news/11375/kick-goals-with-a-tech-plan/



Categories: 2014, Technology