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Six-Step Process in Creating a Technology Plan

Step 4: Goals and Objectives

 

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1 Getting Started

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6 Disseminate, Monitor, and Evaluate the Technology Plan

Technology Mission Statement

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5 Develop and Implement Action Plans and Timelines

3 Current Technology Raw Data and Analyze Data

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4 Goals and Objectives
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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GUIDING QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

SCORING GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

The Technology Committee has already provided the groundwork for the technology plan by:

  1. organizing the committee
  2. providing a mission statement
  3. assessing the current technology
  4. conducting needs assessments and
  5. analyzing the data.

In the process of developing the mission statement, determining where you are now, and where you want to be in three years, you have identified the areas that are exemplary, adequate and most in need of improvement. The areas identified, as those in need of improvement, are potential goals.  

Goals are targets, which the district strives to reach.  These goals are broad statements that connect technology and learning.  Beginning with the most crucial, develop a list of goals.  Initially this list may be too large to manage.  Prioritize this list and focus on a reasonable number of goals.  As you develop your goals you will want to align them with the National Technology Goals, the Missouri State Technology Goals and the five TFAs.  The goals must be:

  1. realistic
  2. achievable
  3. adaptable to timelines and action plans

 After the goals have been developed, you will need to write objectives for each goal.  Objectives are measurements of the accomplishments that support the goals and address each of the TFAs.  Objectives are:

  1. clear
  2. concise and to the point
  3. measurable
  4. adaptable to timelines and action plans
  5. observable

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GUIDING QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

SCORING GUIDE

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GUIDING QUESTIONS

  • Based on the mission statement, what goals are appropriate for the technology plan? 
  • Is each goal achievable?
  • Will the goals lead to measurable results?
  • Do the goals address each of the five TFAs?
  1. Student Learning (includes technology skills)
  2. Teacher Preparation and Delivery of Instruction
  3. Administration/data management/communication processes
  4. Resource Distribution and Use
  5. Technical Support

The goal is a single broad statement that uses non-measurable terms such as know, appreciate, value, improve, etc. “What do we want to accomplish?” is a helpful question when writing a goal. A goal states the:

    • general purpose;
    • expected results;
    • relationship to the educational need.

  • What measurable objectives (related to the goals) are needed to address gaps in each of the five (TFAs)?
    1. Student Learning (includes technology skills)
    2. Teacher Preparation and Delivery of Instruction
    3. Administration/data management/communication processes
    4. Resource Distribution and Use
    5. Technical Support
  • Does each objective specify an outcome or level of achievement and is it realistic?
  • Are results of the objectives measurable or observable?
  • Can the objectives be accomplished within the given time frame of three years?

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RESOURCES  

Technology Planning Guides

Education Leadership Tool Kit: Change and Technology in America’s Schools. National School Boards Foundation, National School Boards Association.

Factors Influencing the Effective Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning: Lessons Learned (pdf). SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC) 2001. 

Planning into Practice: Resources for Planning, Implementing, and Integrating Instructional Technology. Southeast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC), 2000. 

Using Technology in Missouri Schools - A Planning Guide. Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 1994. 

Hints from Missouri Educators

Establish Goals and Objectives. Barbara Jean Irwin, Ash Grove School District, Ash Grove, Missouri, 2001. 

Writing Goals and Objectives for Technology Plans. Emma Jaccarino, Community R-VI
School District, Laddonia, Missouri. 2001.  

 

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DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

  • Needs, Goal, and Objectives Sample pdf 
  • Needs, Goal, and Objectives Template pdf

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CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GUIDING QUESTIONS

RESOURCES

DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATES

SCORING GUIDE

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SCORING GUIDE

 

Click here for Tech Plan Scoring Guide (doc)

 

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