Essential Conditions

Implementation planning

A systematic plan with a shared vision for school effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of information and communication technology (ICT) and digital learning resources

What is it?

Implementation planning lays the foundation for technology deployment throughout the system. It guides the manifestation of your shared vision by answering the questions: How will technology be adopted? How will the program be rolled out? How will technology use align with the organization’s overall vision and mission?

An effective implementation plan addresses every aspect of the program, from infrastructure to professional development, and includes an ongoing process for measuring the program’s effectiveness and making necessary adjustments.

Why is it important?

The implementation plan provides a detailed roadmap for reaching critical milestones within the initiative. With it, the shared vision becomes concrete. Without it, the ability to maximize available resources and meet learning goals decreases.

The implementation planning process provides a critical opportunity for schools and districts to evaluate their long-term and short-term objectives for technology and standards integration. It is important to not mistake infrastructure decisions for implementation planning, which may cause the systemwide transition to fall short of student engagement and achievement goals.

What does it look like?

An implementation plan should be explicit in its description of how technology will be deployed to meet educational goals. It should address:

  • Short-term and long-term goals
  • A detailed roadmap for how these goals will be accomplished
  • Important milestones and timelines
  • Division of responsibilities and resources, including human, financial and time

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Implementation planning resources


Essential Conditions Rubric Article
BYOD in 4 Easy Steps
AASA Technology Planning Checklist


Pascack Valley District 1:1 Resource Center

Reflection and Refinement