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Technology at Your Fingertips
Chapter 1: Knowing What to Do

What Is the Purpose of This Book?

Who Should Read This Book?

What is Presented in This Book?

What Process Should You Use for Making Technology Decisions?

Chapter 2: Knowing What You Need

Chapter 3: Knowing What You Have

Chapter 4: Knowing What to Get

Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution

Chapter 6: Knowing How to Train Users

Chapter 7: Knowing How to Support and Maintain Your Technology Solution
Chapter 1: Knowing What to Do

Objective: By the end of this chapter you will understand how this book can help you find the right technology solution for your organization's needs.

It goes without saying that all over America, communities are rushing to infuse technology into schools so that all students can enjoy the benefits of technologically sophisticated classrooms that are wired to the National Information Infrastructure and provide learning experiences geared toward developing the skills needed in the twenty-first century. In addition to providing exciting learning experiences for students, technology is a tool that can streamline administrative operations and make it easier for teachers and other education staff members to do their work.

Some people make integrating technology sound easy. But others recognize that acquiring the best technology is very complicated. If you believe that it is difficult to make good decisions about selecting, acquiring, implementing, and maintaining technology then you are not alone, and this book is for you.

There are many books and materials available that describe how to set up computer and communications technology. Many of these publications are very detailed and complex, and the guidelines relate to any type of business or industry. Technology @ Your Fingertips, on the other hand, is designed to make it easier for people in education settings to make important decisions regarding the right technology solution. This book will enable individuals lacking extensive experience with technology to make the best possible decisions.

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