Facilitating Technology Implementation: Strategic Planning for AT Specialists and Administrators -- Part One: Implementation Science

The key to effective technology implementation is systematic planning that engages all of the principal stakeholders. In this session, education leaders will learn about how to use strategic planning efforts to leverage technology tools to support classroom instruction, address the needs of struggling learners, and improve teaching and learning for all students.

Technology Implementation Roadmap: Four Steps to Successful Planning

Successful technology implementation does not happen overnight. The key to success starts with the planning process to identify where you are and where you want to go to accomplish your technology goals. This process is critical and requires a plan that clearly articulates a vision, short- and long-term goals, action steps to reach these goals, and progress evaluation which allows you to make adjustments to achieve your stated outcomes.

Breakdown Of Technology Funding: ESSA, Title IV, Part A

Under Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), each state will receive funds based on the Title I funding formula. States then have the option of allocating these funds to select areas, including supporting technology. Use this infographic to learn more about technology-related funding under ESSA and how to best utilize it in your state.  Please note: Download the 508-compliant PDF for a fully accessible version of the infographic.  References: 

Education Technology in the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes an increased focus on technology-related requirements to achieve educational outcomes and opportunities for all students. This document is a summary of the technology-related opportunities and terms within ESSA and their implications for students with disabilities (SWDs). It includes a variety of resources to support state and local leaders in leveraging technology to advance equal educational opportunities; these include assistive technology, technology readiness, technology infrastructure, and digital learning.

Accessing Complex Text for Students With Disabilities: Technology Purchasing Checklist

As state education agencies implement more rigorous college and career readiness standards, school leaders must consider how students with disabilities will meet these standards. The checklist, designed to meet the needs of educators at all levels, provides an easy-to-use guide for making purchasing decisions. It identifies key considerations when deciding how to align curriculum goals that foster student access to text through sensory, physical, visual, cognitive, and developmental supports.

Spending Technology Dollars Wisely

I recently presented a session at the ATCNE (Assistive Technology Conference of New England 2014). There I met many educators with responsibility for purchasing hardware and/or software. They explored the vendor’s technology offerings noting many tools that could benefit their students. How, they asked, could they make wise purchasing decisions in the face of limited financial resources?

Define Your Tech Budget

School operating budgets provide stable financing for ongoing purchases and support. However, school budgets are tight and programs—including technology programs and technology support staff—may be cut in some schools. It is important to consider alternatives to funding and to plan not only for initial costs but also for long-term maintenance and replacement costs to facilitate sustainability.

Recommendation 4: Define Your Technology Budget

School operating budgets provide stable financing for ongoing purchases and support. However, school budgets are tight and programs—including technology programs and related support staff—may be cut in some schools. It is important to consider alternatives to funding and to plan not only for initial costs but also for long-term maintenance and replacement costs to facilitate sustainability.

Practice Guide Support Materials, Module Three: Budgeting for Technology

The Practice Guide Support Materials draw from the best-practice recommendations and examples in the PowerUp Technology Implementation Practice Guide. These materials are designed to translate the Guide’s theory into practice. This mini-PDF contains Module three, which focuses on defining your technology budget.

Practice Guide Support Materials: Introduction

The Practice Guide Support Materials draw from the best-practice recommendations and examples in the PowerUp Technology Implementation Practice Guide. These materials are designed to translate the Guide’s theory into practice. This mini-PDF contains the introduction to these materials.