The district’s initial planning activity was to administer an online technology needs assessment to its various stakeholder groups, with role-specific versions created for staff members based on employment area of responsibility. A community member version was provided as well, and was also administered via the district’s website. Survey items were created to reflect current trends and issues related to each of the target areas that had been established in our most recent technology plan revisions.
Almost half of the included items on administrator versions of the survey were comprised of the Role Specific Leadership Tasks, published by the TSSA Collaborative and adopted by the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) as the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS*A). For more information on these standards, performance indicators and role specific leadership tasks.
Data collected via these survey instruments were aggregated and reviewed by a group of the district’s technology specialists, and then compared against the goals and objectives from the 2004-07 technology plan. The data compiled will later be shared with departments and work groups, to be used in the planning of policy, procedures and relevant staff development programs. For technology planning purposes, this data was useful in establishing direction in evaluating the present relevancy of the goals and objectives from the 2004-07 plan, as well as new targets for consideration.
Working with selected groups of teachers, media specialists, administrators, secretarial and operations staff, our technology specialists compiled building level lists of potential goals and objectives for each target area in the 2007-2010 plan. These included recommendations for the removal, continuance and/or revision of 2004-07 goals and objectives, and the addition of new items, based on the published NJDOE required components for this revision. Much of this activity was conducted via online collaboration using the available communications and project management resources.
Target areas, goals and tasks were established for the 2007-2010 plan by the group of technology specialists, as they represented their building level task force in a planning meeting. This final list was shared back with the larger committee for approvals, along with the ancillary support components developed by the Director of Educational Technology, building technology specialists and other central office staff members.