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


Role Group Strategies:

District Office
Create a committee involving all critical school stakeholders to review and respond to technology needs within schools.

Reinventing Education Change Toolkit
IBM (2002).
This toolkit, provided free of charge to anyone working in K-12 education, is designed to help school and district leaders to guide the school reform process.  The toolkit can be used to diagnose an environment for change, collaborate with members of a school change team, read real-life vignettes from education colleagues, plan a change initiative, and connect with educators worldwide.

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.

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

District Office
Advocate for and promote a vision of efficient and meaningful use of technology within schools.

The Digital Superintendent – Plano Independent School District 
George Lucas Educational Foundation (August, 2003)
This article profiles the efforts of Doug Otto, superintendent of Plano Independent School District (ISD) outside of Dallas, to bring technologoy into schools. Under his leadership, the district has adopted technologies ranging from a fiber-optic network to handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs). In addition to the Internet, the network gives teachers access to a library of digital videos, online curriculum, and videoconferencing.

The Big List of Technology and Professional Development
George Lucas Educational Foundation
This site provides a comprehensive list of professional development opportunities, books, resources, and experts regarding training teachers to more effectively use technology in the classroom.

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.

Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education
National School Boards Association
The Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education (ITTE) is managed by the National School Boards Association to help advance the wise use of technology in public education.  By joining the Technology Leadership Network (TLN), members become connected with administrators, and educators with policymakers, researchers, and many of the world’s leading high tech firms. The network provides exposure to leading technology thinkers, global perspectives and best practices.  Resource are intended to help administrators determine the best way to align resources, create appropriate, new policies, and implement the most effective technology solutions.

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.

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