Technology Planning Tool Frequently Asked Questions

Technology Planning Tool FAQs


Technology Planning Tool FAQs

    How does the Technology Planning Tool align with the four E-Rate criteria set forth by the SLD?

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    1. The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services.
    2. The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services.
    3. The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services.
    4. The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
    5. The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
    - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    1. The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services.
    2. The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services.
    3. The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services.
    4. The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
    5. The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
    - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    1. The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services.
    2. The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services.
    3. The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services.
    4. The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
    5. The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
    - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    1. The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services.
    2. The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services.
    3. The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services.
    4. The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
    5. The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
    - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    1. The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services.
    2. The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services.
    3. The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services.
    4. The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
    5. The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
    - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    1. The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education or library services.
    2. The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education or library services.
    3. The plan must include an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services that will be needed to improve education or library services.
    4. The plan must provide for a sufficient budget to acquire and support the non-discounted elements of the plan: the hardware, software, professional development, and other services that will be needed to implement the strategy.
    5. The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school or library to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.
    - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

    E-Rate Criteria Required

    The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education.

    The plan must have a professional development strategy to ensure that staff knows how to use these new technologies to improve education.

    The plan must include an needs assessment of the services that will be needed to improve education.

    The plan must include an evaluation process that enables the school to monitor progress toward the specified goals and make mid-course corrections in response to new developments and opportunities as they arise.

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    Do I have to use the Technology Planning Tool in order for my district technology plan to be certified approved by the Ohio Department of Education?

    Yes. The Ohio Department of Education is the certifying agency for public school technology plans in the State of Ohio, as designated by SLD (Schools and Library Division) of USAC (administrative body of the E-Rate program).

     

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    What is the process to get my district technology plan certified/approved by eTech Ohio?

    Once you have changed the status of your technology plan to "Draft Completed," your plan approver will receive email notification and will review your plan for completeness. After your plan has been reviewed and approved, your organization's treasurer will receive email notification for her/his approval. After the plan is Treasurer Approved, your superintendent will receive email notification for her/his approval. Once your superintendent has approved your technology plan, the plan will be archived and the certification letter will be generated.

     

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    Once certified what is the certification period for my district technology plan?

    For E-Rate, it is very important to have a full year approval and certification to receive full funding. For more information on E-Rate, go to the E-Rate Technical Assistance Program. The certification is July 1 - June 30 covering a three year period.

     

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    Do I need to complete the Technology Planning Tool in order of the phases presented?

    No. The Technology Planning Tool (TPT) was designed in response to customer feedback to enable team members to work on different parts of the plan simultaneously. This way, no one has to wait for one group to finish its section before moving on to another.

    NoNo. The Technology Planning Tool (TPT) was designed in response to customer feedback to enable team members to work on different parts of the plan simultaneously. This way, no one has to wait for one group to finish its section before moving on to another. - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf
    No. The Technology Planning Tool (TPT) was designed in response to customer feedback to enable team members to work on different parts of the plan simultaneously. This way, no one has to wait for one group to finish its section before moving on to another. - See more at: http://etech.ohio.gov/tpt-faqs#sthash.VeEPr0nu.dpuf

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    How will I obtain my district's certification letter that the district technology plan has been approved?

    Once your technology plan has been reviewed by the Ohio Department of Education and by your Treasurer and Superintendent, the Technology Plan Owner will be notified by email and the certification letter will be viewable in the Tecnonology Planning Tool by clicking on the View Certification button on the Application Detail page.

     

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    How can I get technical support for the Technology Planning Tool?

    The Ohio Department of Education service public schools through the technology planning process and use of the TPT.

    Please contact Lorrie Germann (614.466.3413) or  Mike Edwards (614.485.6650) for support.

     

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    How can I provide feedback to eTech Ohio about the Technology Planning Tool?

    The Ohio Department of Education greatly appreciates your feedback. If you have any questions or suggestions for the TPT, please submit them to Lorrie Germann (614.466.3413) or  Mike Edwards (614.644.2653).

     

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    I work with a private school, how can I locate someone to review and approve our tech plan?

    Non-public schools should access the SLD's "approver locator" in order to find an organization to review and approve a non-public school technology plan.

     

     

     

     

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    How can I get a definition or more details about the terms used within the technology planning tool?

    Topics with a next to them have additional clarification text available.

     

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Last Modified: 2/24/2014 9:04:27 AM