The Dynamic Technology Planning© program is a technology projection tool that gives school leaders the capacity to systematically plan and communicate a short and long term vision for technology needs, costs and funding sources in a straightforward way. The program utilizes many features of Microsoft Excel.
Outcomes from utilization of the Dynamic Technology Planning© program include:
- Long-range,systemic plan for funding technology
- A strategic planning tool for decision-making, revisiting plans and goals
- Identification of resources, cost avoiding, reallocations, new funding sources
- Definition of priority goals and alignment of resources
- A district collaborative team model
- Strong communication through graphs and reporting tools relative to numerous points of consideration
The software is an important component. However, the professional development (PD) that accompanies it iscrucial to program outcomes. The two-or three-day professional development incorporates facilitation of the district leadership team’s:
- Vision and prioritization of systemic technology goals
- Identification of resources needed to implement the vision
- Identification of current resource allocation and results
- Calculation of vision implementation costs
- Identification of funding sources
- Communication of the technology plan to stakeholders
- Development of a multi-year planning tool
The One-to-One Institute provides facilitators who assist the district team in data driven decisions based on current costs and their relative value toward attainment of district goals. The core team working with facilitators ordinarily includes the superintendent (or designee), assistant superintendents for business and curriculum/instruction and the technology director. Of course, the district may choose to include other key leaders in this process.
Once the district inputs the date, facilitators return to provide support for next steps in the process, using the software tool. The district’s current and complete technology expenditures are examined relative to goals and expected outcomes. Facilitators use this data to drive the strategic action plans defined by the district’s leaders. This effort provides focus for considering reallocation of resources, cost avoiding, discovery of unused and under-utilized funds and what current programs/activities are not reaching district goals. Though this is not a silver bullet approach, engaging this process has helped districts realize resources for building technology capacity and sustainability.
The tool’s reporting mechanism provides stakeholders the ability to easily understand current and future resource allocations and related results. Included are high quality reports which enhance communications with board members, staff, business and community members and other district stakeholders.
Additional benefits of the Dynamic Technology Planning© program are its flexibility and ease of use! Key features include:
- Navigation ease via menus and dropdowns
- Quick and easy data entry components
- Limited Excel experience needed
- Formulas internal and protected
- Options of level of detail in data entry and output
- Comprehensive projections for:
- Staffing needs
- Cost for technology objects
- Hardware, software, network and all other operating costs
- Professional development
- State and federal grants
- Other local resources
To take advantage of this opportunity for your district, contact Alicia Sutfin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.978.0006.