The 5 year technology plan: Focus on your INFRASTRUCTURE!
If you think you know what tools you will need in 5 years, you are probably wrong.
If you are budgeting so that you buy sets of an item over several years, you’ll have a dichotomous challenge: the item will become both cheaper AND less desirable.
If your infrastructure can’t support the technology you have, your technology is ineffective.
If you don’t invest in a learning culture for adults, your ‘knowledge infrastructure’ will hold you back.
The 5 year technology plan? Do this 5 years in a row: Purchase/spend for this year; make sure your infrastructure can support your needs for next year; and, re-evaluate frequently.
My advice beyond this:
- Budget for time, money and energy to go into transforming practice, (here is a conversation starter).
- Mobile connectivity for teachers, (device may vary according to ‘vision’),
- Wireless projectors, (for every classroom rather than shared), and
- Enough, predominately unfiltered, bandwidth for students to use their own devices… (Or to put it another way: Infrastructure for students!)