Palm Springs USD Tech Planning Process

Mark Wagner

October, 30, 2006 - 3:00 to 6:00 pm

Note: Content derived from the CDE Educational Technology Planning Guide.

Experience In The Room

  • What experience with educational technology planning have you had in the past?
  • What is your vision for educational technology in the district?
  • What would be necessary to implement your vision?
  • What are some of the common elements of vision and need in the room?


  • Curriculum
  • Professional Development
  • Infrastructure, Hardware, Technical Support, and Software
  • Funding and Budget
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Why Plan?

  • The law requires a plan for future funding.
  • An all-inclusive planning team can create positive change.
  • A plan is an application waiting for a funding program.
  • Proper planning saves time and money.
  • Successful results can be achieved faster with a plan.

Who should plan?

  • A planning team with a common base of knowledge
  • All stakeholders
  • Representatives from the district and schools
  • Support from the superintendent and board
  • Help from community, parents, and students

How To Plan: First Steps

  • Scenario: Our district plan needs to be updated
  • Review all the existing plans and basic information.
  • Coordinate all components of the plan.
  • Work with CTAP and the planning guide.

How To Plan

  • Determine how technology will be used to support teaching and learning.
  • Determine the starting point - how technology is currently used.
  • Outline the steps to move the district from the present to the future.
  • Reflect and Revise.


  • Curriculum needs come first in technology planning.
  • Use technology to reduce time spent on administrative tasks and allow more time for instruction.
  • Invest time in learning about the possibilities.*
  • Include benchmarks and timelines.

Professional Development

  • Professional development is essential to the effective use of technology.
  • Technology training is best integrated into subject matter programs and embedded in the classroom or educational setting.
  • Timing is important for effective professional development.
  • Include benchmarks and timelines.


  • What technology is needed to support the Curriculum and Professional Development components?
  • Make the technology available and accessible.
  • Seek expert advice on the best technology to serve the school district for the lowest cost.
  • Consider security measures for equipment and data.
  • Consider long term implications. (ROI)
  • Include benchmarks and timelines.

Funding and Budget

  • Develop a budget and identify funding sources.
  • Understand which expenses are one-time costs and which are ongoing.
  • Consider state-wide purchasing agreements.
  • Dedicate ongoing district resources to the plan.
  • Explore external funding opportunities.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitor the implementation steps and timelines.
  • Evaluate whether the steps taken had the intended effect.

Q & A

Next Steps

  • Invest time in learning about the possibilities.
    • Constructivist Learning Environments
    • 21st Century Skills
    • The Read/Write Web... and more
  • Determine how technology will be used to support teaching and learning.
  • Determine the starting point - how technology is currently used.
  • Discuss tech planning (and writing) responsibilities.
  • Discuss tech planning timelines.


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