Technology Leadership

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The first step in the development of your final
product and the “catalyst” for our prompt begins with a desired technology
initiative.

Scenario: Decatur Texas School District, under the direction of the local
school board and superintendent, is in the process of initiating a major
technology overhaul that will impact budget designations, curriculum, and
teacher development. As part of this process, the superintendent has asked each
school’s administrative team to develop a comprehensive proposal that outlines
their vision of the future and includes any policy or funding issues that
conflict with the success of their recommendation. As a member of your school’s
leadership team and a respected teacher leader, your principal has you to take
on this challenge.

The initiative requires the district to move to
a one-to-one model of technology. The Board has asked each school to look at
two possibilities: a Student Owned Device Initiative, or a straight technology
purchase of either laptops/netbook/chromebook, tablets, or other mobile devices
and include a proposed roll out schedule. 

Your proposal should address the following:

  • State your personal
    recommendation.
  • Discuss the educational goals
    for the initiative (ideas can be found in a school’s mission statement or
    school improvement plan).
  • Discuss the needs of the
    educational setting relative to technology (this is a personal opinion,
    but should be supported with outside resources).
  • Describe the existing
    technology policy, including the challenges or additions that will need to
    be addressed in the new policy.
  • Describe two existing districts
    that have implemented a one-to-one model (make sure to identify one
    Student Owned Device system and one technology purchase system).
  • Describe peripheral resources
    and expenses associated with the purchase (open education resources,
    software, training, support, etc.).
  • Explain how the purchase plan
    will be evaluated (this should be linked to your goals).

Your
proposal should be three to five pages in length (not including the title and
reference pages), double-spaced, and should follow APA guidelines as outlined
in the Ashford Writing Center. A minimum of three scholarly sources, should be
used. All references should be properly cited according to APA guidelines