Chapter 3: Knowing What You Have|
What Human Resources Do You Have Available?
If you have computers in your organization, you are likely to have people who know how to use them. Some of those people may even have knowledge of the mechanics of computer operation. Even if you don't have any computers, many people in the field of education have used computers elsewhere. Some might be quite sophisticated when it comes to putting together computer systems and developing user-friendly applications. Identify these people, as they could become invaluable to your development efforts!
First, find those people with whom you work who have experience and/or training in developing and managing computer systems and networks. They should be able to help with issues involving computer programming, software development, and computer repair. They can also help you document your technology resources and plan for what you will need.
Determining the hardware, software and network topology within an organization may seem like a huge task. It is! But it is manageable if persons who actually have the responsibility for developing the technology solutions and providing support are also responsible for handling the purchase of new technology equipment.
If you are the person responsible for making the technology decisions at your school, ask the district, county or state offices the following questions: