Budgets. Student outcomes. Constituent communications. Previously, these were key elements in developing a strategic technology plan. And while those issues are still important, school and district leaders must now factor in that schools may never function the same way again.
In the edWebinar “Strategic Technology Planning: Aligning Priorities, Costs, Outcomes and Sustainability,” the presenters discussed new items that must become part of strategic plans.
Additional edtech budget items: Most administrators’ budgets have detailed estimates that include direct costs (e.g., devices) and indirect costs (e.g., professional development). Now, the presenters have encountered previously unthought-of costs like extended loaner devices, increased repair costs from home use, and distance learning options. Some are also becoming de facto internet service providers as they try to provide WiFi accessibility. With schools planning for potential shutdowns at later dates and with potential changes to learning overall, these costs must be considered immediately.