- Instructional Goals and how technology will be used to address them.
When creating a budget for school technology, identifying its purpose and use is extremely important. Lever-Duffy and McDonald (2008) defines educational technology as “the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management and evaluation of processes and resources for learning.” Each of the aspects of the educational process must be included in deciding the need for technology. The International Society for Technology in Education (Lever-Duffy and McDonald, p. 9, 2008) provides standards for technological use. They are the basis for the following instructional goals.
I. Instructional Goals
a. Plan, implement and assess instructional tasks based on content standards.
b. Use research-based teaching methods to ensure student learning.
c. Use formative and summative assessment strategies to determine student needs.
d. Use assessment data to direct instructional practice.
II. Addressing Instructional Goals
a. “Plan and design effective learning environments and experiences supported by technology.”
b. “Implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.”
c. “Apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies.”
d. “Use Technology to enhance productivity and professional practice.”
- Administrative and infrastructure goals and how technology will be used to address them
a. Provide a framework and support by which teachers can develop and implement balanced learning environments and classroom instructional practices.
b. Define and implement a comprehensive financial and human resource management plan.
c. Provide professional development to enhance teacher understanding of current research-based teaching methods.
- Assistive technology needs
A budget for assistive technologies will be allocated to purchase materials as they are needed. Assistive technologies are provided to meet special logistical needs of students that enhance classroom participation and instructional understanding.
- Maintenance, upgrade and replacement issues
Funds will be allocated to ensure that technologies are maintained, upgraded and replaced as needed, It is necessary to do a yearly inventory of all technological materials to ensure they are in working order and up-to-date. A school technology director must be hired in order to ensure the credibility and reliability of this process.
Instructional Technology $250,000
Administrative Technology Needs $75,000
Assistive Technology $50,000