Technology Leadership, Planning and Implementation: Specific Strategies  for Small School Districts Presented at SchoolDud...
As you come into the session, please complete the Self Assessment of the K-12 Chief Technology Officer.  Then take the 2 b...
Who are “Small School Districts”? <ul><li>Student populations of 2,500 or less </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 75% of nation’s 14...
Major CoSN Focus Group Findings <ul><li>Lack of budget, personnel, time and sometimes expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Ever exp...
Focus Group Finding: Most Critical Problems
Small District Technology Leadership Wiki www.cosn.org/wiki
Wiki to Address Small District Issues and Needs <ul><li>Internet-based toolkit…goal is to be one-stop resource for small d...
Essential Skills of the  K-12 CTO <ul><li>Leadership and Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Budgeting </li></ul><ul><li...
Leadership and Vision - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Developing a shared vision and big-picture perspecti...
Reaching Out to All Stakeholders Perspectives of Those Involved in Technology Planning Board Members Media Specialists Dis...
Planning and Budgeting - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Transforming the district vision for effective use ...
What does  Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) mean… …and what has it got to do with a school learning environment?
What Is TCO? <ul><li>All costs associated with deploying, operating and maintaining a computer network </li></ul><ul><li>A...
A Simple School TCO Definition <ul><li>Hardware $$ (purchase or lease) </li></ul><ul><li>Installation $$ </li></ul><ul><li...
TCO Can Help Schools Meet Educational Goals by… <ul><li>Tracking  tech support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To minimize time comp...
The CoSN-Gartner TCO Tool <ul><li>Developed by CoSN, Gartner and NCRTEC at North Central Regional Educational Laboratory <...
Team Building and Staffing - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Include a staffing strategy to support the tech...
Systems Management - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Overseeing day-to-day operation of the district’s IT sy...
Information Management - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Focusing on the crucial role information plays in t...
An Iterative Process of Continuous Improvement
Data-Driven Decision Making Districts That  Employ A Data-Driven Decision Making Process (Digital Leadership Divide: CoSN/...
A New Paradigm <ul><li>Sophisticated Data Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Better...
Barriers to More Effective Data-Driven Decision Making Barriers to  Data-Driven Decision Making To what degree does your d...
CoSN Initiative:  Vision to Know and Do <ul><li>Stages of data-driven decision making… </li></ul><ul><li>VISION planning f...
CoSN Initiative:  Vision to Know and Do <ul><li>Launched by CoSN to help educators use data effectively with goals to prov...
Business Leadership - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Advising on technology expenditures </li></ul><ul><li>...
Education and Training - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Overseeing district-wide, technology-related staff ...
Professional Development -  Things to Consider <ul><li>Whether your investment will go to waste </li></ul><ul><li>Wasted t...
Ethics and Policies - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Understanding the social, legal and ethical issues rel...
Communication Systems - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Communicating with all members of the educational co...
Telling the Technology Story . . . Public relations is a critical component of your district’s successful technology imple...
Community Support Makes a Difference Source:  Digital Leadership Divide , Grunwald Associates
Vicki Smith Bigham Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc. 8045-B Antoine #101 Houston, TX 77088 [email_address]
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• Technology Leadership, Planning and Implementation: Specific Strategies for Small School Districts – Vickie Bigham

  1. 1. Technology Leadership, Planning and Implementation: Specific Strategies for Small School Districts Presented at SchoolDude University 2009 Vicki Smith Bigham President, Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc. Consultant to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  2. 2. As you come into the session, please complete the Self Assessment of the K-12 Chief Technology Officer. Then take the 2 blue dots and the 2 yellow dots at your seat. On the skill area charts posted, place 1 blue dot on each of the 2 skill areas where you feel you are strongest and 1 yellow dot on each of the 2 skill areas where you feel you need the most growth .
  3. 3. Who are “Small School Districts”? <ul><li>Student populations of 2,500 or less </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly 75% of nation’s 14,000 districts </li></ul><ul><li>Typically impacted by different resource, personnel and expertise constraints than larger districts </li></ul><ul><li>Often challenged to plan long-term given immediate needs, lack of resources and personnel and, in some cases, expertise </li></ul>
  4. 4. Major CoSN Focus Group Findings <ul><li>Lack of budget, personnel, time and sometimes expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Ever expanding roles and responsibilities and “wearing many hats” </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges stemming from lack of community support </li></ul><ul><li>Often hard to “make the case” for technology, both internally and externally </li></ul>
  5. 5. Focus Group Finding: Most Critical Problems
  6. 6. Small District Technology Leadership Wiki www.cosn.org/wiki
  7. 7. Wiki to Address Small District Issues and Needs <ul><li>Internet-based toolkit…goal is to be one-stop resource for small district technology leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Resources relevant to all districts but with special insights for small school districts </li></ul><ul><li>Resources aligned to CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies for each skill area </li></ul>
  8. 8. Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO <ul><li>Leadership and Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Budgeting </li></ul><ul><li>Team Building and Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Management </li></ul><ul><li>Information Management </li></ul><ul><li>Business Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Systems </li></ul><ul><li>From CoSN’s “What It Takes: Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO” http://www.cosn.org/resources/cto_council/excerpt.cfm </li></ul>
  9. 9. Leadership and Vision - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Developing a shared vision and big-picture perspective on the district’s goals </li></ul><ul><li>Playing a key role in district-wide planning and goal setting </li></ul><ul><li>Serving comfortably as a change agent and consensus builder </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reaching Out to All Stakeholders Perspectives of Those Involved in Technology Planning Board Members Media Specialists District Administrators Teachers Principals/ Assistant Principals Business Manager Parents Students
  11. 11. Planning and Budgeting - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Transforming the district vision for effective use of technology into a long-range plan </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning with strategic challenges and moving on to specific goals, objectives and action plans </li></ul>
  12. 12. What does Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) mean… …and what has it got to do with a school learning environment?
  13. 13. What Is TCO? <ul><li>All costs associated with deploying, operating and maintaining a computer network </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis tool used by businesses since the late-1980’s </li></ul><ul><li>A method of understanding real costs to make good decisions on technology investments </li></ul>
  14. 14. A Simple School TCO Definition <ul><li>Hardware $$ (purchase or lease) </li></ul><ul><li>Installation $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Software $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrades $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Support $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Outside Services $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development $$ </li></ul><ul><li>User Self-Support & Training $$ </li></ul><ul><li>Total Cost of Ownership </li></ul>+ + + + + + + +
  15. 15. TCO Can Help Schools Meet Educational Goals by… <ul><li>Tracking tech support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To minimize time computer and network is down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To minimize troubleshooting interruptions for teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tracking adequacy of professional development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To ensure teachers are prepared </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To ensure teachers are integrating technology into the curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tracking pros and cons of various implementations and support strategies </li></ul>The bottom line: effective use of technology
  16. 16. The CoSN-Gartner TCO Tool <ul><li>Developed by CoSN, Gartner and NCRTEC at North Central Regional Educational Laboratory </li></ul><ul><li>Supported financially by U.S. Department of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Gartner’s distributed computing TCO methodology for businesses modified for K-12 environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 data points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reviewed with a significant number of school districts </li></ul><ul><li>Available at classroomtco.cosn.org </li></ul>
  17. 17. Team Building and Staffing - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Include a staffing strategy to support the technology plan as an integral part of strategic planning — from the beginning </li></ul>
  18. 18. Systems Management - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Overseeing day-to-day operation of the district’s IT systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requiring project management and personal leadership skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requiring perpetual learning </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Information Management - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Focusing on the crucial role information plays in today’s schools </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing the powerful data gathering abilities of digital age tools for strategic planning </li></ul>
  20. 20. An Iterative Process of Continuous Improvement
  21. 21. Data-Driven Decision Making Districts That Employ A Data-Driven Decision Making Process (Digital Leadership Divide: CoSN/Grunwald Survey) Source: www.cosn.org/resources/grunwald
  22. 22. A New Paradigm <ul><li>Sophisticated Data Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Better understanding of how individuals learn </li></ul><ul><li>New assessments </li></ul><ul><li>TRANSFORMATION OF EDUCATION </li></ul>+ + +
  23. 23. Barriers to More Effective Data-Driven Decision Making Barriers to Data-Driven Decision Making To what degree does your district consider the following to be barriers to a more effective data-driven decision making process? (N=353) (Percent Responding 8, 9, or 10 on a 10-point scale) Source: Grunwald Associates Lack of training and interoperability are the main barriers to more effective data-driven decisions. A lack of understanding of what to do with data is a barrier that is particular to large and medium districts.
  24. 24. CoSN Initiative: Vision to Know and Do <ul><li>Stages of data-driven decision making… </li></ul><ul><li>VISION planning for DDDM </li></ul><ul><li>KNOW implementation of systems and processes for DDDM </li></ul><ul><li>DO targeted interventions and their results </li></ul>
  25. 25. CoSN Initiative: Vision to Know and Do <ul><li>Launched by CoSN to help educators use data effectively with goals to provide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respected source of up-to-date, unbiased information for educators on collecting, understanding and effectively using data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical mechanism for educating school leaders about data-driven decision making and its application in K-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for sharing knowledge among educators and transferring knowledge between educational and vendor communities </li></ul></ul>www.3d2know.org 3d2know.cosn.org/assessment/survey.cfm
  26. 26. Business Leadership - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Advising on technology expenditures </li></ul><ul><li>Overseeing the selection of technology items </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewing requisitions for technology purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Exercising authority to approve, amend or reject purchases based on compatibility with district goals and needs </li></ul>
  27. 27. Education and Training - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Overseeing district-wide, technology-related staff development efforts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From ensuring a sufficient budget through the implementation and assessment process </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Professional Development - Things to Consider <ul><li>Whether your investment will go to waste </li></ul><ul><li>Wasted time of those who DO understand computers </li></ul><ul><li>Wasted time when not in synch with installation </li></ul><ul><li>Bad choices made by under-trained technology staff </li></ul>
  29. 29. Ethics and Policies - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Understanding the social, legal and ethical issues related to technology </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling responsible decision making with regard to these areas </li></ul><ul><li>Building consensus around key issues related to appropriate use of technology, as well as communicating with all parties regarding what is expected of them </li></ul>
  30. 30. Communication Systems - Strategies for Small School Districts <ul><li>Communicating with all members of the educational community </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology-enhanced tools to support communication with stakeholders </li></ul>
  31. 31. Telling the Technology Story . . . Public relations is a critical component of your district’s successful technology implementation— and it involves communicating on an ongoing basis with the range of stakeholders inside and outside the district.
  32. 32. Community Support Makes a Difference Source: Digital Leadership Divide , Grunwald Associates
  33. 33. Vicki Smith Bigham Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc. 8045-B Antoine #101 Houston, TX 77088 [email_address]
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