This two-day Think Tank creates a forum where district leadership identify and discuss what technology is right for the district, how to build culture in the process, and how to create policies and procedures that complement their vision. We partner with district leaders and a select group of stakeholders to ensure that the educational community develops a sustainable technology integration model that supports active teaching and learning with mobile devices. The goals of this program are to:
- Gain perspective of the district’s technology initiative and WHY it matters
- Build a strong vision for the technology initiative, including all stakeholders
- Identify and discuss what technology is right for the district, how to build culture in the process, and how to create policies and procedures that complement the vision
One of the exercises we go through is a device matrix to help district leadership create an objective process for choosing the right device. This process can be modified to select software and other components as well, and it’s especially helpful when there is disagreement within the committee.
Here’s an example of the spreadsheet we use to facilitate this process. It’s important to note that we begin by having district leaders establish five major goals that everyone can agree on. After this, we create criteria on which to measure goal achievement. Then we have the committee assign a numeric value to how well each device choice accomplishes each of the criteria. This brings an even-handed approach to picking the right device for your district. We also strongly encourage including at least two to three student representatives to be part of the committee think-tank.