Much of this week’s work and readings focus on setting the stage for Enterprise Architecture. Typically, school districts have maintained separate plans for technology and the district. For example, a district creates a “district education plan” and then has a separate “technology plan.” Moving forward, do you think this is still a good practice, or should they be combined? Please provide a rationale for your decision.
No longer do I think that a school district should have plans that are created in isolation, a “district education plan” and “technology plan” for example. All systems and departments within a district have a symbiotic relationship, with an end goal of helping students learn. Not all departments have an overt role in student learning, such as curriculum or technology, however, departments such as maintenance ensure that children go to school in safe and clean buildings.
Enterprise Architecture is commonly seen as a way of infusing technology into daily practices for any organization. However, we have moved into a learning and business paradigm where technology is already infused within all aspects of society. Having a “district education plan” that does not include technology demonstrates a lack of vision and adequate appreciation for the increasing role technology plays in a 21st century education.
Textbooks are systematically offering digital texts, and online curriculum that requires schools to have robust WiFi and ubiquitous access. Districts need to be aware of these resources as they make their, “district education plan.” Technology and education now go hand in hand, therefore it is impossible to make education plans that are blind to the technology needs of the district. Technology and learning are blended, district plans need to reflect that.