i had browsed this article awhile back and then a principal of ours sent it to me to review late last school year. it is a nice piece... i broke down by question and category.
1. Planning and policy
we have several technology policies in place and are constantly updating and adding. a new one i am working on is for cell phones and laptops (we are working on placing a centrally managed wireless network)
our last tech plan was constructed by me... i created a planning committee to do this in the future for better representation of the different schools. our plan was just turned in in december and is projected for three years. our planning committee will evaluate each phase of the plan along with building level administrators
our expenditures are one of the best in our service center region, which is good for our department and corporation. i break down my budget in percentages. right now 50% is going to hardware as i am trying to build up the environment. 20-30% is spent on prof development and the rest is broken into software, contracts, maintenance and upgrades.(infrastructure is broken into hardware) i have repeatedly investigated going to a total lifecycle with our network and pc's.
i am in the middle of a whole rebuild of equipment. next year i am purchasing 3 new computers for students per classroom and looking at purchasing all 4th and 5th grade classrooms promethean boards with LCD projecfors. several hours of pro dev would be bundled into the costs. we do not have equipment for checkout for students but do for facutly. we do have a wide range of equipment for them while in school.
our infrastructure is all switched with dark fiber and each building has its own server, with resources.
one of our main applications is renaissance learning, most of their offerings. i am looking into improving to renplace in the future.. it carries with it a hefty price tag though and is detering many whole see the price point.
we have technicians who handle break/fix and OS/application support for all computers in the environment. we are a microsoft shop and use outlook for our communication and looking at voip with xml programs on the phones for attendance and so forth.
we have two full time technicians, a network tech and a systems tech in our corporation. each building has a go to person for tier I support which then gets escalated to our department. we work with the maintenance department on wiring/cabling issues to get power and network which is compliant with building code.
6. Pro Development
we offer pro dev several times throughout the school year and are trying to offer at different times. this is an area where we need improvement but are constantly trying new things. we offer micorsoft courses but not much as far as 'how' to incorporate within the curriculum. i am really looking forward to the content/delivery of the integration coursework.
we have come a long way but sitll have a long way to go. our survey at the end of last year told me that the majority of the faculty do not use the computer lab but use the computers in their classrooms frequently. i would like to impllement a training program for administrators to have a little more knowledge with technology skills. for the most part, i am really lucky with the administrators and their willingness to get technology going in their buildings. i have just purchased ISTE's electronic briefcase for all administrators to give to them before school starts in the fall.