Use this checklist to help take stock of equipment and software

summer-itSummer might mean a long respite for students, but not for IT directors. When I was an ed-tech director for several California school districts, I was too busy responding to problems and meeting teachers’ instructional needs to do much IT planning and assessing during the school year. But summer brought a chance to take a deep breath, take stock of my ed-tech inventory, and prepare for the following year.

Here are some strategies for doing this effectively in your own schools.

Software licensing

Summer is a good time to re-evaluate your current software licenses to determine whether they’re still meeting your needs.

Do you have any pilot projects or free software trials that are ending? If so, how did these go—and is it worth subscribing to continue using the software?

Check with your teachers, principals, and curriculum specialists to see what tools they use most, whether they have a “wish list” of new programs to consider, and if there are any software subscriptions they aren’t using. If there are, why? Have teachers not been properly trained in how to use the software—or do they just not see much value in these tools?

Next page: Revisiting what worked and what didn’t