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1 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan /13/02

2 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Lets talk about... Why plan? Some planning strategies The planning process The final plan structure Some standard areas to address Funding and helpful resources

3 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Prioritize worthiest projects Why Develop a Plan? Realize technology dreams Satisfy external mandates Argue for needed funding

4 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Begin - even with a quick starter Engage all the right people Learn whats possible Align with strategic goals Focus on outcomes, not inputs Set priorities Make sure it really happens Key Planning Strategies

5 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 1. Get started 2. Look inside 3. Look outside 4. Think big 5. Decide how you want to travel 6. Plan the stops along the way 7. Find out how to pay for the trip 8. Present the road map ….And have a good trip! Eight Planning Process Steps

6 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 1. Get Started Recruit your planning team Set the scope of your planning work Set your time horizon (not too long) Determine if you will address operating budget Develop the planning task plan Assemble needed resources

7 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 2. Look Inside Review any previous plans Assess current IT resources Assess staff (and student) skills Assess progress on using technology in learning, if a school

8 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 3. Look Outside Assess demands placed on you Learn what others are doing –Friends and neighbors –Professional groups –Industry sources –Internet, etc.

9 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 4. Think Big Identify… –Mission –Vision –Goals –Planning areas

10 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 5. Decide How to Travel Determine strategies, possibly by planning area Examples of strategies… –Provide necessary training to staff –Provide software linked to curriculum –Provide Internet access in all rooms

11 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 6. Plan the Stops Identify projects, seeking strategic opportunities to add value using IT Examples of projects… –Conduct PowerPoint training for all –Extend network to Church Center –Implement Finale software for music minister

12 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 7. Find Out How to Pay Prioritize the projects Develop an action plan of the prioritized projects Develop a multi-year budget for your plan

13 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan 8. Present the Road Map Put pen to paper and write the plan Identify who needs paper copies Identify who needs personal and group presentations Start implementing

14 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Have a Good Trip Begin the highest priority projects Determine who will monitor progress Require periodic reports? Present status reports to oversight bodies at set intervals Start planning the next revision of the plan

15 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Final Plan Structure Plan out the final structure of your plan early on. To some extent, your plan structure follows your process.

16 Planning Hierarchy Breaking down your plans from a grand vision to specific tasks is made easier by using a hierarchy. Mission Vision Goals Strategies Projects Tasks Phases

17 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Organization Mission and Goals Technology Vision Current Status Opportunities Technology Goals and Strategies Projects and Tasks Overall Budget Overall Project Time Frame Possible IT Plan Outline

18 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Alternative - Group goals, strategies, and projects by area Example - –Area 1 - Networking - Goals, strategies, projects –Area 2 - Data Systems - Goals, strategies, projects Structure by Areas

19 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Special Schools Outline Private schools in Wisconsin use a standard planning outline. This is available on the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) web site at

20 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Your IT management and support How you manage your IT projects Providing hardware and software Maximizing electronic communication Using technology in ministry Standard Areas to Address

21 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Developing your computer network Enhancing your portfolio of data applications Managing technology in learning Developing the technology skills of your staff, students, etc. Standard Areas (cont.)

22 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Lets consider some typical issues you may want to address for each of these areas... Standard Areas (cont.)

23 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Who will serve as the IT manager? Who will provide your day-to-day support? Should you have an ongoing IT oversight committee? IT Management Issues

24 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Who will maintain the list of planned projects? What sort of standard schedule will the projects follow? How will you review project status? Managing IT Projects Issues

25 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Who still needs PC access? When will you replace existing PCs? When will you upgrade your existing office suite? Are there special hardware or software items you need to add? Hardware and Software Issues

26 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan When will you develop and/or enhance your web site? What features will your site have? How might you use broadcast ? Would you benefit from applications such as on-line retreats, etc? Electronic Communication

27 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Traditional sound and music systems? Video? Display of hymn lyrics? Presentation technology for homilies? Remote or after-the-fact audio and video? Technology in Ministry?

28 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan How will you develop a single network covering all your buildings? How will you obtain high speed Internet access? How will you implement security? When and how will you upgrade your phone system? Computer Networking Issues

29 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Replace your census system? Replace your financial system? Do your own payroll, or outsource? Other special applications? (e.g., Finale) Data Applications - Parishes

30 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Will you provide teacher grade books? How will you gather school-wide grade and attendance data? How will you generate report cards? When will you replace your financial and payroll systems? Data Applications - Schools

31 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Student access Staff access and building skills Introduction into curriculum Vision of evolution... Technology in Learning Issues

32 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan How will you evolve your use? –Teacher uses to show (use to teach) –Students learn technology (learn to use) –Students use technology (use to learn) –Technology transforms learning in all subjects (use in all) Technology in Learning Issues

33 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan What training must you provide? What books, professional groups, and other resources would help? How can staff support each other? Who can staff turn to for resolution of problems? Developing Your Staff Issues

34 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Funding ? Parish or school operating budgets Parish or school capital funds Special technology fund raisers Technology grants (see ) State and federal schools grants (see )

35 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan More Funding ? State of Wisconsin Teach subsidy for T1 line School federal e-rate funding IBM matching employee grants (http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ibmgives/grant/giving/ma tch.shtml)

36 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan $ Parish or school operating budgets Parish or school capital funds Special technology fund raisers Student technology fee Classes or rentals in lab Funding

37 $ State and federal schools grants School federal e-rate funding State Teach subsidy for T1 line Other technology grants ?ID=633 IBM matching employee grants match.shtml Grants

38 Archdiocese School Tech Plan Workshop North Central Regional Educational Lab: –Critical Issue: Developing a School or District Technology Plan (www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te800.htm) –Learning Through Technology: A Planning and Implementation Guide (http://www.ncrel.org/tandl/homepg.htm) –Technology Connections for School Improvement Planners' Handbook (153 pages) (http://www.ncrel.org/tplan/tplanB.htm) School IT Planning Resources

39 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Techsoup (www.techsoup.org) Go to Resources, Technology Planning, especially Write the Plan Strategic Technology General Resources

40 Developing a Strategic Technology Plan Sample plans? Search Web for school district technology plan, Catholic school technology plan, etc. e.g., Fort McMurray Schools at


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