Model Helps Districts Create a Technology Framework to Manage Technology Investments

State College, Pa, July 29, 2010 – Schoolwires has researched and developed a comprehensive technology model that provides guidance for districts to create a viable technology framework that can help address critical strategic issues. The model is detailed in a white paper written by Schoolwires called Creating a Technology Framework in Support of Strategic Initiatives—The K-12 Unified Technology Model. The paper is available at www.schoolwires.com/unify. Schoolwires is the leading provider of community-based solutions that accelerate K-12 district and student success.

Schoolwires developed the model to help districts optimize the role that technology can play in helping them achieve student and organizational success. Many districts take a reactive, fragmented and tactical approach to acquiring and integrating technology and thus do not realize the full potential benefits of technology. For example, often individual systems and applications do not work well with one another. At many districts, systems are fragmented, data exists in silos, and processes are inefficient. The redundancy of information results in errors in data, and wasted time entering information in multiple systems. Despite a district’s best efforts, these technologies yield only a fraction of their potential benefit in the areas of advancing student and organizational success, and the lack of cohesiveness also results in high-cost technology management. In contrast, a unified technology model can optimize existing technologies, reduce barriers to adoption of technology, and help contain IT costs while freeing up scarce resources.

“Through our technology leadership and our deep immersion in K-12, Schoolwires experts developed this technology model to help district leadership in their strategic and long-term planning efforts,” said Edward S. Marflak, CEO and President of Schoolwires. “A strategic, unified and cohesive technology strategy can help districts address some of the most pressing challenges facing K-12 education today, such as providing a collaborative and interactive environment to accelerate student learning, creating 21st century teachers, and creating stronger connections with constituents in support of district initiatives.”

“K–12 school districts across the nation are being forced to slash their budgets given the lingering recession,” said Keith R. Krueger, Chief Executive Officer of CoSN. “This technology model can be a useful guide for districts to develop their own technology framework. The framework helps districts manage their existing technology investments and assess the strategic fit of new technology procurements going forward so that they are maximizing their scarce budgets and strengthening their existing technology investments.”

CoSN has launched Mastering the Moment, an initiative to help superintendents, CTOs and other district technology leaders during these tough economic times to master this moment and take advantage of the opportunity to strengthen technology investments, operations, programs, plans, staffs and result. For more information on CoSN’s Mastering the Moment Initiative visit http://www.cosn.org/mtm/

According to the Schoolwires report, some of the key benefits enabled by a unified technology model include providing constituents – from the educator to the learner, from the parent to the board member – access with a single sign-on to all the information and resources that are relevant to them in a personalized and individualized manner across all the district’s many applications. In addition, districts can rein in all the technologies their educators wish to use into a cohesive learning environment so that their teachers can more deeply collaborate with their students while enriching the application of their learning in the real world. The right framework also makes it possible to quickly customize and extend existing applications without the need for expensive engineering resources, and enables cost-effective delivery of new applications and services. By creating a strategic, unified and comprehensive technology strategy, districts can advance their technology in support of district and student success.

Creating a Technology Framework in Support of Strategic Initiatives—The K-12 Unified Technology Model is part of the Connecting K-12 Communities white paper series developed by Schoolwires.

About Schoolwires, Inc.
Schoolwires is the first and only provider of community-based solutions that accelerate K-12 district and student success. Through its revolutionary Centricity2 platform, Schoolwires brings together the industry-leading website and community management solution, a powerful and unprecedented community engagement engine, along with a technology ecosystem that allows a district’s critical technologies and resources to be integrated within the Schoolwires Centricity platform for ease of access and accelerated adoption. Built upon the proven and award-winning website and community management solution used by over 1,200 districts, the Centricity2 platform enables turn-key integration of pre-configured Schoolwires applications, including Schoolwires Synergy Digital File Sharing and Schoolwires Assist Service Request Management, as well an ever-growing library of applications being developed by Schoolwires, district developers and a network of strategic application partners.
Through its many deep and long-term district relationships, Schoolwires works with an estimated 6 million users across the nation. Schoolwires also is recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the top ten fastest-growing private education companies across the nation for three consecutive years. Schoolwires ranks in the Inc. 500|5000 as the 605th fastest-growing private companies after achieving Inc. 500 status overall for the previous two consecutive years.
Schoolwires, Inc. (www.schoolwires.com) is headquartered in State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

About CoSN
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) (www.cosn.org)
CoSN is the premier professional association for district technology leaders.
The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use
technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning. CoSN
provides leadership, community and advocacy essential for the success of
these leaders. CoSN’s membership is a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors.

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