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  • Consider any E-Rate priorities that align with your plans and be sure to include qualifying expeinses in your application for e-rate funds when developing district technology infrastructure purchases or upgrades.



Preparing Realistic Budgets

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This gap in technology understanding influences program and curriculum development, funding and purchasing decisions about educational and information technology in schools, and preservice and in-service professional learning. This gap prevents technology from being used in ways that would improve instructional practices and learning outcomes. - The National Educational Technology Plan

The budget is one of the most important parts of your plan and it is imperative that you get it right. Budgets should include a description of the type and costs of all technologies to be acquired with your technology funds. They should include provisions for interoperability of components. Identify specific titles or at least categories of supporting resources needed, such as software and subscription services, and project their costs. Itemize expenses according to each year of the plan to ensure that future planned purchases are likely to be realized. Be sure to include all the professinal development your educators will need to use any hardware or software you need to achieve the goals of the plan.

Budget and Timeline

The budget that you build to support your technology plan should include a description of the type and costs of technology to be acquired with technology funds, including provisions for interoperability of components. Identify specific titles or at least categories of supporting resources needed, such as devices, upgrades, software, subscription services, and the professional development necessary to provide support and training for your district educators to use the hardware and software to effectively increase student engagement and achievement. A budget that includes all of these costs should be projected for each year of the plan. Pay attention to your action plans and the timeline you developed to carry out the actions over the period covered by the technology plan. Itemize the expenses according to each year of the plan to ensure that you reserve funding for the items you need to implement your plan and that future planned purchases are more likely to be realized. Include the following categories, as well as other expenses necessary to accomplish the objectives of the plan:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Networking
  • Professional Development
  • Staffing (admin, tech, integration)

Upgrades & Replacements

Be sure to include replacement costs and upgrades that will be necessary to ensure effective technology use. You may wish to develop a list of cost estimates as you purchase and upgrade your hardware and software. As you develop the list, you can use it to make projections for future purchases. Be sure to develop upgrade and replacement schedules that make sense for your district, and keep your technology fresh and inproper working order. Equipment that is out of date, or no longer functions will require more funds and staff attention in the long run. Conisder the longevity of devices, software, and subscriptions, and any necessary upgrades or replacements when crafting your budget.

Coordination with Other Funds

Describe how activities funded by grant funds will be coordinated with both your technology plan and the additional technology-related activities that are supported by funds from other sources, whether local, state, federal, or private non-profit. You need to develop a reasonable budget that allows your district to meet the goals of the plan, but you can use otehr funding sources that are available. In order to coordinate the use of other funding sources, your tech planning committee needs to communication and coordinate with other committees and programs or funding sources available to your district. Make sure that all your administration and staff members are aware of the goals your tech planning committee has set for your district, and work with grant writers, or other project directors. It is equally important to communicate with an ongoing project before your develop your technology plan goals as it is to coordinate with groups writing grant proposals for future funding. District goals for learning should be coordinated and considered inthe budgeting process.


Tech Resources for District and State Leaders

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Technology

Writing a Technology Budget - Ideas in Action (Techsoup for Libraries)

Technology Planning/Budget (Wikibooks)

Calculating your Technology Budget (Lasa Knowledgebase)

Developing a Proposal Budget (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Writing a Budget Narrative (Rochester Institute of Technology)

Information Technology Budget Development

Developing Your Annual Technology Budget (ImproveIT)



technology planning resources for new hampshire educators
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Resources Available from US DoE

US DOE Office of Educational Technology

National Educational Technology Plan

Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning

E-Rate Program - Federal Communications Commission

E-Rate for Schools and Libraries - USAC

Ed Tech Developer's Guide


Resources from SETDA

State Educational Directors Association Resources

Guide to Technology Requirements

Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

State Education Policy Center

Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments

Additional Resources

APP-a-pedia The encyclopedia of educational mobile apps, smart tools, and other gadgets.

iNACOL The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) catalyzes the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences.

ISTE The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) serves educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.





Resources Available on NHEON

NH Esri GIS State Consortium

SketchUp Pro State Licensing

Speak Up Survey

Professional Development

Office of Educational Technology

Internet Safety and Digital Citienship

National Collaborative for Digital Equity

Digital Learning Day

NH Digital Resources Consortium

ET News

Online Learning in NH

ISTE Standards

OPEN NH Courses to Improve Technology Integration

Future Ready Schools New Hampshire

#GoOpen New Hampshire

New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative





Resources Available from NH DoE

Minimum Standards for School Approval

NH College and Career Ready Standards

NH DOE Office of Educational Technology

ICT Literacy Toolkit

NH E-Rate Program Information

NH Vision 2.0

The New Hampshire Network




Last updated July 31, 2017

The ICT Literacy Toolkit is supported by the Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education.