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Information and resources to support K-12 teachers and school leaders
planning for integrating technology resources in the curriculum.

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Introduction | Vision | Planning Cycle
Curriculum | Professional Learning | Infrastructure

See also: TaskTracker | Planning an ICT Makeover

<<< School ICT Planning
The Planning Cycle

PlanningAlthough these pages discuss issues relating more specifically to school ICT planning, the process (or more correctly the "cycle") for ICT planning in schools is essentially no different to the cycle for any other planning activity.

Good planning is the result of a considered understanding of:

  • where we are at now;
  • where we want to go;
  • why we want to go there;
  • the options available to assist us in reaching our destination;
  • the resources that we have available to utilise these options.

It is also important to have a strong sense of honest and ongoing evaluation throughout any planning activity. We need to be able to measure what we are doing, not only to gauge our success, but also to guide future planning. Part of this evaluation process needs to consider how we respond to new (or unforeseen) issues. This is particularly relevant to school ICT planning, where new technologies can emerge relatively quickly, making learning environments that incorporate "current" technologies (around which our planning is likely to be focused) irrelevant, even before a formal plan is implemented.

Let's consider a generic planning cycle.......

The Planning Cycle

Download:
Planning worksheet (pdf)

 

In interpreting this cycle in a school ICT planning environment, we might make the following considerations:


Assessment
Is ICT being used in a relevant and meaningful way in our classrooms? In all KLAs?
What is happening in other places? Other schools? Our students' ICT culture?
Does our school's ICT infrastructure support our classroom activities, and learning outcomes?
Does our school's ICT infrastructure support our administrative and student welfare needs?
Do we as teachers understand the latest technologies? Are we good role-models?
Do we as teachers have the skills to integrate ICT in our classroom activities?

Aims and Objectives
What are our syllabus requirements?
What do we need to do to meet these requirements?
What learning outcomes are we trying to achieve?
Why do we want to achieve these outcomes?
How are our students (and their families) using technology outside school?

Measuring
How will we know if we have achieved the aims and objectives that we have defined?
What measurement(s) will we use to determine if we have improved learning outcomes?
How will we address any issues that we discover along the way?

Actions
What are we actually going to do to achieve our aims and objectives?
What options are available? Emerging technologies? Hardware? Software?
What resources (facilities, people, funding) do we have that can help us?
What other resources do we need to find/create to help to achieve our aims?
What professional learning do we need?
Who needs what professional support?
What hardware and software do we need to achieve our aims?
Who is going to do all this?
When are we going to do it?
If our budget is limited, should we make a smaller target group? A pilot group?

Implementation
Just do it! But, keep in mind.....
How are we going to make sure that resources are available when required?
What happens if key personnel change during the implementation period?
What time-frame are we going to set to achieve our aims?
Have we set achievable goals?
How do we assess and integrate new "emerging" technologies?

Evaluation
Have we achieved out aims?
Are we further down the path than when we started?
How do we know?
Have our learning outcomes improved?
Have our administrative processes improved?
Do we need to provide some more time to achieve our aims?
What key resources do we need to provide support for ongoing achievement?

Assessment
Where are we now?
Where are we going next?
Should we be heading in a new direction?
Should we continue on our current path?
What is happening in other places? Other schools? Our students' ICT culture?
Is the use of ICT making our learning environment more relevant and meaningful?
Are teachers taking advantage of the latest technologies? Are we good role-models?
Are teachers integrating ICT in classroom activities?

 
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