In working on an article for the next issue of Creative Educator, I have had the great opportunity to talk with some great minds in education, both visionary and practical. After talking with Ben Johnson of Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado, I just had to share a great video about technology use in their district. Despite having one of the states lowest per pupil funding rates, Poudre continues to have a strong vision for integration and has worked with their community and school district foundation to fund that vision.
While software is often purchased and deployed without adequate preparation and maintenance, the districts I worked with on an ISTE panel and also for an article on "Strategies for Effective Implementation" share strategies that can be used a wide range of districts.
Even somethings as simple as "try before you buy." While not everyone has the time or money for formal pilot programs, most districts have master educators and technology integration specialists who are more than qualified to evaluate a software's potential.
We also often forget to celebrate our successes. I always enjoy viewing examples of student work on school web sites, but even more, I love coming across student art in local coffee shops, as suggested videos when I am watching other videos in YouTube, and especially in use by other students as curriculum resources.
How are you making implementation a success? Please share your stories!