Project Overview & Technology Organizational Needs Assessment

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Table of Contents
Introduction 3
Technology Needs Assessment 3
Problem Statement 8 Project Goals 8 Project Objectives 8
Conclusion 9
References 10

Introduction Kurzweil predicts that “in 2009, while schools are still not on the cutting edge, the profound importance of the computer as a knowledge tool is widely recognized. Computers play a central role in all facets of education, as they do in other spheres of life” (Kurzweil, 1999, p. 276). It is now 2006 and Kurzweil’s prediction of the computer being widely recognized as a knowledge tool is ahead of schedule. It is also true that schools are far from being on the cutting edge. Some schools are better than others, but the computer is sorely lacking in the
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The most pressing need at this point in time is getting technology in the hands of the students across the curriculum. The computer should be in every student’s backpack as a notebook and pencil used to be in the past.
A computer in the hands of every student in the classroom gives the instructor and students immediacy in communicative and collaborative options they never had before. Homework projects can be emailed directly to the instructor or an FTP server where the instructor can pick up, read, grade, and return assignments. While doing homework, students can ask questions while they are fresh in their mind through email rather than waiting for the next class meeting. The open lines for continued contact throughout the semester enable students and instructors to converse outside of class.
Using technology in this way prepares the student for the digital world they will face when they graduate. The web “provokes a shift toward more collaborative work relationships, ones that resemble open, inclusive communities, more than they resemble secretive, hierarchical administrative bureaucracies” (Kanter, 2001, p. 16). Building a school community that is technologically connected prepares students for life.
In planning technology for classroom use, the writer’s organization uses the Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) process. The curriculum development department puts out a call for entries for new curriculum. Faculty, Department Chairs, Deans, etc.

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