Successful K–12 technology planning: Ten essential elements

In this digest, the author describes 10 essential elements of successful technology implementation, including budgeting. Technology plans that help districts and schools to use technology effectively include the following steps: (1) Create a Vision; (2) Involve All Stakeholders; (3) Gather Data; (4) Review the Research; (5) Integrate Technology into the Curriculum; (6) Commit to Professional Development; (7) Ensure a Sound Infrastructure; (8) Allocate Appropriate Funding and Budget; (9) Plan for Ongoing Monitoring and Assessment; and (10) Prepare for Tomorrow. The author suggests there are two parts to a technology budget. The recommended formula for the first portion is: 40% of every dollar allocated should be for hardware, 20% for software, 20% for professional development, and 20% for upgrades and additional needs as teachers' expertise grows.
School-wide Tech Implementation: 
Budget for Technology
Data Gathering and Analysis
Leadership Teams
Professional Development
Technology Access and Support

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