Electronic School Magazine, June 1998, p. A24
A former Indiana superintendent turned college professor and education consultant outlines the potential pitfalls and perils of implementing technology in a school without enough planning.
His lessons are:
- technology won’t automatically make a mediocre school a good one, and if your principal isn’t backing your technology initiatives, you’re just throwing money away.
- before spending money on technology, decide why you’re getting it, get people excited about it, and make technology a “high-visibility” item in the school district’s agenda.
- introduce technology into a school in a way that’s most compatible with that school’s management culture.
- a minimum of technology-savvy in a principal goes a long way to spelling a successful technology launch, and for those principals who are lagging in computer skills, introduce programs to get them using computers.
- technology will require hiring dedicated technology staff not doing so will lead to frustrated users and a wasted technology investment that no one uses.
- spend more on staff development since the teachers and staff you train can help others on-site, and do this before the technology is fully installed.
- draft long-range plans to handle such issues as aging machines, software upgrades, emerging technologies, and support budgets.