Recommendation Two:
Provide more convenient and consistent access to instructional technology, communication technology and office materials.


Role Group Strategies:

Help guide the process of upgrading a school’s technological infrastructure.

The CEO Forum
Interactive School Technology and Readiness Chart
The CEO Forum’s Interactive School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart is a self-assessment tool designed to provide schools with the information they need to better integrate technology into their educational process. The STaR Chart identifies and defines four school profiles ranging from the "Early Tech" school with little or no technology to the "Target Tech" school that provides a model for the integration and innovative use of education technology.

Instructional Module for Technology Integration
The George Lucas Educational Foundation
The GLEF technology integration module is designed for a two- to three-hour class or session. It can be used in conjunction with trainings of software applications that are used in classroom settings. Part One, Guided Process, is designed to give participants a brief introduction to technology integration. It answers the questions "Why is technology integration important?"; "What is technology integration?" and "How do you integrate technology into the classroom?"  Part Two, Group Participation, guides participants in envisioning technology integration. It asks participants to visit various educational websites and brainstorm ideas for technology integration garnered from visiting and discussing these sites.

A Solid Foundation
Bjornsen, A. (2004). American School and University.
This article outlines key issues to consider when integrating new technology and guides readers through different options for connecting schools to the Internet and networking technology within the school.

Build Tech
Gross, Mark. Edutopia (June 2005)
Mark Gross provides strategies for better integrating technology into schools in ways that are central to the school’s mission. He addresses the use of technology to fix “pains” within schools, integration of school improvement plans and technology plans, technology that enhances learning communities, and operating costs.

Technology Tools
Kennedy, M. (2005). American School and University
This article discusses how new technology, beyond the personal computer, can enhance education. In particular, the author describes innovations in communication systems, library check-out systems, and interactive white boards.

Advocate for and raise awareness of the need to provide schools with communication and instructional technology resources.

A High-Tech School with a Down-Home Feel 
George Lucas Educational Foundation (November, 2003)
San Pasquel Elementary School in Escondido, California is an old-fashioned looking complex, but inside the K-8 school is state of the art technology. Every classroom has multiple computers and most students in grades 6-8 use laptops. Teachers have access to technology for research, presentations, and communications, and technology controlling lights and termperature conserve energy and reduce costs.

Prototype School Design Clearinghouse
Department of Public Instruction, NC – School Clearinghouse
This site describes the design information for Southside High School, in New Bern, North Carolina. In this school, the communication and cabling system is built around the Tek-Net interactive information retrieval system, allowing classroom connections to all media-located information, including cable TV, DVD, VHS, Channel 1, and distance learning facilities.

ASCD Capwiz Advocacy Toolkit
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. (2004).
These pages help those interested in education reform become involved in the policy-making process. The site provides links to elected officials, tracks current issues and legislation, and highlights important elections and candidates.  It also includes a feature that identifies the major media outlets serving every zip code and allows users to send an advocacy email directly from this site.

Making the Connection: A Guide to Involving Policymakers in a Community Dialogue on Education
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Engaging policymakers in dialogue on education is a practical action step that communities can take to influence school reform.  This resource provides step by step instructions on engaging policymakers in dialogue on education issues.  The authors provide a description of different roles for participants, advice on how to make the most of participation both during and after the dialogue, and a recruiting planner to assist in inviting policymakers to the discussion.

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