By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga
(Part 2 of 2)
In Part 1, I discussed the overall organization and establishment of a technology committee. Part 2 will include a discussion of the function and purpose of the technology committee.
How often should the committee meet?
Meeting too often as a committee may actually work against the intent. At most, technology committees should meet once a month. Quarterly meetings may be more beneficial as the committee matures. In the end, each district should determine the most viable frequency for meetings.
What is the next step?
After the initial meeting, there should be a consensus of the direction the committee needs to take. It is important that copious notes be taken during each meeting. The notes should then be transferred to the district technology plan.
With each successive meeting, the technology plan should become better and better defined.
What is the purpose of the technology committee?
Every technology committee will ultimately develop its own purpose. This purpose is driven by the identified needs of the district.
Without a doubt, the most important purpose is to create a viable technology plan that will result in increasing the level of technology integration across the district—both in classrooms and offices. To be most effective, the plan should span more than one year. In general, a one-year plan would be too short-sighted as most technology initiatives require time to develop fully.
Done correctly, the process of creating such a plan will encompass many positives. Included among these are:
- Communicate a united district vision for technology integration to stakeholders and community members
- Provide a single strategic direction for technology purchases that potentially will result in savings
- Set a protocol and schedule for replacement and recycling of technology equipment
- Establish district technology integration priorities
- Ensure the consistency and continuance of technology initiatives
- Make recommendations on the types of technology to acquire
- Establish staff development protocols and schedules
- Inspire district personnel to a higher level of technology integration
In short, technology committees can really make a positive impact on the pathway that a district follows as it relates to technology integration. The discussions held can even impact non-technology protocols and initiatives.
Again, the purpose of a technology committee goes far beyond the simple creation of a technology plan.