Why shouldn’t district education and technology plans be combined? We’ve learned that communication and collaboration is key when updating the elements of an architecture, and if the overall education plan is to be central to the EA of a school district, then the technology plan should echo the needs of the education plan.
Personally, prior to this school year, I was tired of having to wait so long to receive updated technology to meet my teaching demands. Students in other schools within our district had WiFi speeds 350% faster than students in my school, and yet my students were expected to have the same ubiquitous access to Web 2.0 tools and other resources found online. That’s a joke.
Because of the mass reform I’ve witnessed with our technology plan in our district since September, 2015, I can honestly say that our district’s education plans and use of online pedagogical tools is now seeing the light of day. From now on, I feel there should be no more disconnect between the two plans, and all personnel in leadership positions within a school district should be expected to understand the EA and the need for being seamlessly interconnected.