Technology is an integral part of a school district’s learning environment. How to best support learning goals and objectives of your district should be the paramount driver when building a technology sustainability plan. Review district long- and short-term strategic goals and key performance indicators along with the developed outcomes to generate the drivers for the technology plan. Start with the end in mind. Some questions to consider include:
With the overarching district goals in mind, consider the technology department’s goals:
Organize your long-range plan and goals in a table similar to this sample template, which is customizable. It is broken into categories that will assist in planning. Seeing each set of responsibilities in a long-range plan will help build a large-scale picture of your vision of how technology will support learning in your district. It also will be helpful as you do lifecycle planning.
Lastly, examine your school district’s and department’s budgeting cycles so that you are able to be proactive in your planning. Here are some questions to consider:
Technology planning requires a big-picture strategy. Since the technology supports the tools for learning and operations, cross-functional collaboration is necessary. Collaborative planning will help you synchronize and strengthen the resources of all departments as well as help you avoid the duplication of purchases.