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Project Plan: Priorities

Based on the site description and interviews with leadership, what are the highest priorities for this project? What components of their technology plan must be successful? What cannot fail?  What must not change even as the project is implemented? Where are they able to experiment or absorb risk? Any focus groups or testing results can be described here, as well.

The priorities of the project are as follows:

Infrastructure – Solar panels, satellite internet, building access. Having internet access and energy capabilities is the most important aspect of design a workable computer classroom.

Physical Building – Heating/cooling, size of classrooms. Designing desks/ classroom setup that would allow for flexibility and changes in the future.

Computer Hardware – deciding what technology to purchase that would best fit the the pedagogical design of the classroom.

Computer Software – deciding what software to purchase/install that would best fit the the pedagogical design of the classroom.

Training – Providing teachers and staff with detailed training to provide with with the necessary tools to train students and to maintain the computer hardware/software.

Items to be covered during a 2-week training:

  • Introduction
  • Troubleshooting
  • Operating Systems
  • Multimedia
  • Networking
  • Internet
  • Security
  • Wireless

 

Educational Priorities

ISTE Standards for 21st Century Digital Technology:

Education Must Change

As technology dramatically changes our society, educators need to demonstrate the skills and behaviors of digital-age professionals. Competence with technology is the foundation.

  • Societies are changing
  • Expectations are changing
  • Teaching is changing
  • Educators must lead

Transforming Learning Environments with Technology

Today’s educators must provide a learning environment that takes students beyond the walls of their classrooms and into a world of endless opportunities. Technology standards promote this classroom transformation by ensuring that digital-age students are empowered to learn, live, and work successfully today and tomorrow.

(http://www.iste.org/standards.aspx)

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