Implement Technology on Campus with Fidelity

Posted by Jaime DonallyO

November 1, 2017


The quantity of software and subscription options for educational establishments are enormous. There’s no doubt that researching for the right tool can put anyone into a whirlwind of resources. When the right tools are selected, the next challenge begins for a successful rollout that will meet or exceed the expectations of solving the campus problems.

 

At times, the decision to include resources is overseen by only a few administrators, while the remainder of the personnel is navigating the product without clear direction. When faculty and staff are confused on the implementation plan, we begin to see these tools pile up in our tech wasteland. I’ve heard of situations where brand new devices were locked in a closet because either there was no knowledge that the items were available, or the faculty and staff didn’t know how to use them. We should never see these wastelands form as we strive to maximize our purchases.

 

Below are a few recommendations when implementing new educational resources below that may support delivering and sustaining the tools successfully.

  1. The most successful implementation includes a group collaboration from all impacted departments on the needs of the students and the potential tools that may bridge the gaps for student success. Getting all invested individuals on board is a necessary step to maximize the success and impact of the new resources. Gaining a clear vision and including the voices of all individuals will get the backing to move forward quickly and purposefully.
  2. Have a clear plan as well as the proper training for employees to provides greater probability that the tools will be used effectively. When meeting as a group, create a list of goals and how to reach them. Gather all the necessary documentation to validate the needs when creating the implementation plan. An often-overlooked step is the proper training to fully understand the tools capabilities and the follow-up training to answer questions that arise. While the team may be on board to implement the tools, the continuous support is important.
  3. Provide specific connections on the new tool and the impact on curriculum. The enthusiasm of the new technology quickly wears off when the direct connection to curriculum is vague. A great resource to make the implementation easy and smooth is offering lesson plans. Using the tools effectively from the beginning can jump start a successful plan.
  4. Be open for change that will best fit the needs of the students. Taking note on how others have implemented the tools are wise to begin the process, but as each need varies, the flexibility to adjust for our students is a must. Make time for educator and student feedback to move forward effectively.

Many steps are involved in a new purchase and the student impact will depend on all the parts being successfully executed. Continuing the collaboration, plan, training and flexibility may be necessary to move forward, and is well worth the impact it will have on your student’s’ success.

 

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