Converge, January 1999, p. 80
The authors of this article provide six helpful tips on ways superintendents can more effectively manage technology in their schools:
- Budget time. Realize that it will take three to five years to implement technology plans, starting from the budgeting process and ending with actual installation.
- ID problems. Before implementing a technology plan, identify problems in your schools that no one is effectively solving, and then make sure the technology plan addresses them.
- Get support. In order to effectively implement and support your technology efforts, you’ll need to draw on three groups: (a) central technology support staff who focus on district-wide infrastructure, systems, and networking; (b) instructional technology staff who are intimate with standards, competencies, and training; (c) building-level staff who can support technology in the schools on a daily basis and help train students, teachers and administrators.
- Raise money. Seek out new funding sources to support your technology initiatives, which can become quite expensive, given the costs of training and replacing outdated equipment and software.
- Offer support. Be sure to encourage all participants every step of the way.
- Lead. Act as a lightning rod to deflect problems and criticism from members of your team so they can focus on successfully implementing the technology plan.