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Script for our 2.0 Graphic Organizer presentation that includes links and resources.
This site provides science lessons plans using podcasts and videos. Resources also include a site for students to blog, podcast links and wiki links. There are many experiments provided, magazine articles that students can access and read. Numerous lessons plans are provided with extensive supports for students and teachers.
This web2.0 resource allows users to create mind map collaboratively online.
Technology Director Don Hall talks about Return on Achievement (ROA) and Total Cost to Instruction (TCI) as two measures to go along with Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI).
Note: This is an ISTE members-only document. You will need to log in as an ISTE member in order to be able to access the article.
This is a great article with links embedded as to the impact of technology. It tells about hardware and software, and professional development and training. I found it very interesting and have copied it off to share with my administrator and colleagues.
(Editors note: This web page was last edited in 1998 and is no longer available at the original web site.)
Vermont's Educational Technology Plan 2004 - 2007
Technology Integration Specialist
Minnesota Department of Education has written this short article about how to write effective technology plans. He advises "Effective technology plans are short term, not long term. Five year plans are too long. Technology is changing so fast that it is almost impossible to plan what type of technology will be available for use five years from now. Even one year plans may be about as far ahead as we can now effectively plan for specific purchases of certain types or brands of equipment. Perhaps tech plans should be divided into phases, not years."
You might want to write a three year plan, because that's what the state requires but have a technology committee that can constantly re-examine the plan and shift it to adjust to this quickly changing technology-laden landscape.
This is a PDF copy of a Technology Plan from the Bellinham Public Schools School District in the state of Washington. It covers a three year period, from 2004 - 2007 and starts with the district's mission and then a clearly thought out vision. It ties into the National Technology Plan and has been supported by the School Board. In their vision they talk about the Bellingham School District as a learning community that will be technologically literate and where life-long learners are able to interact successfully in a technological "environment to achieve their personal, educational and workplace goals."