As education and technology merge it may seem like the next logical step would be to merge the district’s “education plan” and “technology plan”. Proponents of this would argue that merging both of these plans would create efficiency due to how much technology is part of education. In a typical school year technology is part of education in various forms, including and not limited to lesson delivery, research and assessment. Yet, there is an argument to be had about what the purpose of a technology plan that does not include education or not directly at least.
When discussing a technology plan in education it is important to realize that some business services that help in education of children do not necessarily impact what happens in the classroom directly. For example, business services such human resources might need to be part of the technology plan for the district but not necessarily the “education plan”. It is not to say that the department of human resources doesn’t impact education but some elements of it are not directly related to it.
However, there is a valid point in combining many elements of a district’s education plan and technology plan. More so when each of them impact the other, for this reason most of the information found in technology plans created by districts should merge with the previously mentioned education plans. There should still be two separate plans, but the technology plan should cover areas that do not affect the education of students directly and the education plan should become more robust with the addition of technology.