In the past the focus on new technology has been very equitable - every teacher has equal access to the same equipment. However, as the new district technology integration specialist, I have been working with the Superintendant who is letting me and my technology committee decide how to spend 75% of the technology budget. I would like to get more technology on the teachers who are using it rather than have 1/2 of it sitting around collecting dust.
I have decided to have set up 2 categories.
1) Teachers who want high $$ equipment, such as a Smartboard, permanently installed in their rooms (we currently have portable ones) will have to earn X number of points. Ex. - 1 point for every 10 hours using the Smartboard, 1 point per PD point earned for technology workshops, etc.
2) Teachers can write mini grants stating how they would use technology in their classroom if they had it (smaller items such as digital cameras, etc)
I am presenting this new way to "earn" technology on Wednesday, so I still have time to change my mind. What does everyone else do in their district? What we're doing now isn't working well - I'm tired of seeing dust catchers!