Project Management Guide
Technology Management Plan
Technology resources can include computers,
projectors, printers, scanners, and digital cameras to name a few. It is
important that a teacher develop an implementation plan based on the
available technology resources. More often than not a teacher will have
to deal with limited technology resources so they have to determine ahead
of time how to best manage those resources in the classroom. A variety of
options are available to teachers with limited Internet access. They can
rotate students through a computer station giving each student an
opportunity to access information first hand. They can use a projection
system to display the information from one computer system to the entire
class. They can also save images and information on disks to be displayed
on non-Internet computers. Or they can print out material to distribute to
the class or transfer to transparencies to use with an overhead projector.
In some cases, teachers have access to a full
computer lab. While it is ideal to have one student at a computer, this
situation also requires a technology management plan. There may be some
aspects of the project that are best done off line or by one or two
students instead of the entire class. Teachers need to identify the parts
of the project that lend themselves to full class Internet access.
EXAMPLE: A teacher would like to use real
time radar images showing current precipitation during her unit on weather.
The only Internet access in the school is in the library but she has 4
non-Internet computers in her classroom. Each morning before class she access
the latest radar image map using the library computer. She saves the image on a
disk and then back in her classroom copies that image file on to each of the
computers in her classroom. When the students arrive for class they call up the
radar image and look at the weather conditions for that morning.
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What technology resources do you have available in your classroom and school that could be used to implement the project you have selected?
What technology resources do you have available at home?
What activities will require the use of the Internet?
What activities will require the use of computers but not the Internet?
How frequently will you need to use computers and/or the Internet?
How will the availability of technology resources impact the implementation of the project you have selected?
What strategies will you use to successfully implement the project with your available technology resources?
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