Proper planning for technology is the key to moving your school forward with technology. That is why we have dedicated so much of the semester to discussing change and planning for change. In fact, by the time you start this paper, you already will have written large parts of it during our online discussions. You are encouraged to begin crafting parts of this paper as soon as we have completed the relevant parts of the online discussion. The paper consists of three parts:
You might think about this as a report to your principal with recommendations for how to proceed with the planning process.
Not Currently in a School?If you are not currently in a school, please consult your instructor for how you can complete this assignment. The assignment, as written, will be difficult to complete outside of a school so accommodations will be made for your completion of this assignment.
Analyze your school and its openness to change by thinking about 1 or 2 technological changes you would like to see in your school or that your school is attempting. You should use diffusion theory to look at the innovation, and Ely's Eight Conditions and the five stages in the ACOT model to analyze your school.
In preparation for your plan of action (part 3 of this paper), be sure that you recognize and comment on change as a process by recognizing where your school and individuals in your school have been and where they can go in terms of the models.
You are now going to enlist a group of allies to help you address what is missing in your school with respect to change.
Now that you have identified some of the needs and identified the
team, formulate a plan of action for creating a technolgy plan. This
section is not a technology plan itself. Instead you are going to
outline the planning process you would (and hopefully will in your
future) take. Following the recommendations of the Guidebook for
Developing an Effective Technology plan, you should:
Each section of this paper is likely to be approximately 5-7 pages
long (although the first section will tend to be a little longer, and
the second section will tend to be a little shorter). The entire paper
should be no less than 15 pages and no more than
25 pages (optional title and reference pages do not count toward page
totals). The paper should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and
written in a 12-point font. Be sure to double-check your margin
settings before handing in the paper.
The exact nature of your paper will vary based on your own situation. Papers will tend toward an A if they are presented professionally with proper grammar, spelling, and usage; if they demonstrate an understanding of the change process and the planning process described in the textbooks and in class; and if they are specific to your situation, drawing material from your school's existing technology plan, curriculum guide, teacher needs, etc. Click here to view the rubric that will be used to grade this paper.
This page was prepared by Dr. David M. Marcovitz.
Last Updated: August 17, 2012