““That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.””— Steve Jobs, BusinessWeek
Technology planning can be very complex, but does it need to be? Statistics reveal that 8 out of 10 schools have an ineffective technology plan that is either lacking balance or is over-priced for what they are getting. Is it frustrating to think that you can get more for your money and also achieve higher student achievement? Are you really preparing your students with the skills required to compete in the 21st Century?
Allow BTE to share with you the common mistakes made by educators and to learn the 3 key aspects of a well rounded technology plan for your school and the 4 major categories for planning using SWIM Grid. SWIM Grid (School-Wide Integration Model) is the organizational method BTE uses to help schools create a 4-year technology plan. The Grid includes 4 planning areas:
We assess, train and support teachers through meaningful training and modeling so they can see best practices in technology use for their grade level or subject.
We evaluate and equip students with the technology skills needed to be better students today and technologically savvy global citizens for tomorrow.
We address classroom lesson plans and integrate relevant technology projects that also use the most current presentation tools and web 2.0 methods to improve classroom instruction.
We evaluate a school's technology infrastructure and make the necessary recommendations as the school evolves from a simple computer lab environment to a mobile environment for all or select grade levels.
To begin, ask yourself where your school is headed with technology. Do you have a clear and flexible roadmap for the future? Addressing both infrastructure and curriculum goals can be a difficult task. BTE can help.
We go beyond just computer technology at your school. We investigate your needs and allocate the resources for teacher training and student learning, and we address classroom curriculum by integrating technology into your teachers’ existing standards-based lessons. We manage the entire effort so everything happens when it should. We can even provide a full or part-time credentialed computer teacher to run the lab and provide valuable expertise for your teaching staff. The other option is we can support your existing computer teaching staff or we can help you hire the right person for the job. In any event we manage the effort so everything goes exactly as planned.
If your school is in need of new equipment, part of our service can be to provide new computer equipment and peripherals for the lab and classrooms and also provide on-site IT support for your entire campus infrastructure. Whether large or small, we can handle the job for a single school or school system by providing a cost effective and proven technology integration model.