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Technology at Your Fingertips
Chapter 1: Knowing What to Do

Chapter 2: Knowing What You Need

What is a Needs Assesment?

Who Should Do Your Needs Assessment?

Who Should Participate in the Needs Assessment Process?

What are the Steps in the Needs Assessment Process?

Functional Needs

Technical Requirements

Security and Ethical Standards

Writing Your Statement of Needs

What Should Be Included in a Set of Functional Specifications?

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 2:  Knowing What You Need

Functional Needs
The Needs Statement captures functional needs as well as some technical needs. We define functions (as in Functional Needs) as the tasks or actions that the technology is intended to accomplish.

Your list of functional needs might include:

  • Student records management, including automated student registration.
  • Staff records management.
  • Financial records management, including payroll.
  • School transportation management.
  • Library records management, including inventory and automated check-outs.
  • Professional development support.
  • Word processing.
  • Spreadsheet capability.
  • Database creation and management.
  • Instructional software access.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Electronic mail.
  • Software appropriate for meeting the instructional needs of students.
  • Video access (streaming video and interactive video).
  • Telephone access in classrooms.

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