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Priorities for Adopting an Exponential IT Mindset in K-12 Education

Wednesday, May 8, at 11:00 AM ET | 8:00 AM PT

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Business-Aligned IT Strategy

Understand the capabilities and focus areas required to meet your industry’s needs and enable value creation.

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Top Industry Trends

Identify resource, process, and environmental trends impacting your industry. Implement strategies to mitigate specific risks and take advantage of all relevant opportunities.

3

Industry Benchmarking

Reveal the true state of your IT services, processes, spend, and staffing levels to align your priorities and resources. Benefit from peer data to get a reference point for how well you stack up.

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Core Industry Technologies & Software Selection

Arm yourself with everything you need to provide the right solutions to meet the needs of your business stakeholders.

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Business-Aligned IT Strategy


Strategy Alignment
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Unify IT in the Education Sector

  • Convince key stakeholders that IT unification is in everyone’s best interest.
  • Understanding the opportunity for IT unification extends beyond cost savings to greater harmony in a time of rapid change.
  • Identify the best implementation plan based on their goals, needs, and services.
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Priorities for Adopting an Exponential IT Mindset in K-12 Education

  • Recognize the urgency of adopting Exponential IT within the K-12 industry to combat industry disruptions.
  • Comprehend the four priorities of Exponential IT transformation in the K-12 industry that are being adopted today to remain resilient within the market.
  • Acknowledge the foundational capabilities and maturity required to begin an effective Exponential IT transformation, resulting in value creation.
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Support Innovation in Educational Technology

  • Work with your experts in pedagogy and instructional design to develop a CoP for innovation in educational technology.
  • Support faculty to collaborate, innovate, and share insights and promote the effective integration of technology in teaching methodologies.
  • Gain stronger internal evidence of the value of new technologies and confidence in their adoption rates among faculty.
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Build an Information Security Strategy for K-12 Schools

  • Gain knowledge of organizational pressures and the drivers behind them.
  • Achieve insight into stakeholder goals and obligations.
  • Determine security risk tolerance and baseline.
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of security current state and summary initiatives required to achieve security objectives.
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Address the Digital Divide in K-12 Education

  • Prioritize the different approaches to providing connectivity to students based on the context of the district.
  • Identify main components of a one-to-one model for student devices.
  • Make the case to executives on the necessity of both devices and connectivity.
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K-12 Education Industry Reference Architecture

  • Demonstrate the value of IT’s role in supporting your institution’s capabilities while highlighting the importance of proper alignment between academic, administrative, and IT strategies.
  • Apply business architecture techniques such as strategy maps, value streams, and capability maps to design usable and accurate blueprints of your institution’s operations.
  • Assess your initiatives and priorities to determine if you are investing in the right capabilities. Conduct capability assessments to identify opportunities and to prioritize projects.
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K-12 Education IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook

  • With input from our research and analysts and your peers, identify new or updated initiatives for your IT strategy and document them in the IT Strategy Initiatives Workbook.
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K-12 Education Business-Aligned IT Strategy

  • Learn about the ecosystem factors that are impacting the school districts industry and how your IT team is set from a PESTLE and SWOT perspective, with expert insights and takeaways to update your IT strategy.
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K-12 Education Industry Impacts on IT Strategy: Senior Management Presentation Template

  • Use the K-12 Education Industry Impacts on IT Strategy: Senior Management Presentation Template to share the key findings of the business-aligned analysis with your organization's leadership team.

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Top Industry Trends


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Prioritize AI Use Cases for Education

  • Comprehend and discover the relevant use cases that can address organizational challenges.
  • Begin the AI journey by identifying and prioritizing use cases for their departmental units through the use case analysis tool.
  • Leverage the output to gain executive buy-in. Determine the most suitable problems with the greatest value to solve and meet institutional needs to implement AI responsibly.
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The Future of K-12 Education

  • Perform a broader scan to highlight the demonstrated and relevant trends to education.
  • Help schools and districts identify the trends to follow depending on their maturity.
  • Highlight the impact of the trends on school and IT leaders.
Top Trends
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Understand the Implications of Generative AI in Education

Info-Tech has a three-phase approach for addressing generative AI:

  • Short term: Address cheating and the limitations of technology.
  • Medium term: Identify benefits to education.
  • Longer term: Consider policy changes and governance.
Top Trends
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Develop and Mature an Esports Program in Education

Gain guidance on what type of initiatives should be taken, depending on the current state of esports activity at your district or institution.

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K-12 Education Teacher Development Report

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should strive to provide ways for teachers to share and communicate best practices around the use of instructional technology.
  • Learn about how teacher development affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.
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K-12 Education Infrastructure Support Report

  • As technology becomes more important so too does the proliferation of devices and applications. ICT must strategically address how to deal with the increased demand for technology.
  • Learn about how infrastructure support affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.
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K-12 Education Digital Learning Report

  • Technology is transforming schools and traditional methods of teaching and learning are being disrupted as a result.
  • Learn about how digital learning affects both your organization and IT specifically, including challenges and opportunities, with expert assistance.

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Industry Benchmarking


Peer Benchmarking
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Benchmarking Report: A Cross-Industry Comparison of IT Stakeholder Satisfaction

  • Every industry has unique characteristics that can hamper progress or facilitate success in satisfying IT stakeholders. Reimagine your strategy by shifting the definition of who your peers really are.
  • Discover which industries achieve high stakeholder satisfaction across 13 core IT services.
  • Learn the characteristics that different industries have that can help or hinder IT success.
  • Understand what your industry has in common with others that you can leverage to improve stakeholder satisfaction and overcome your own institutional barriers.
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K-12 Education IT Management & Governance Benchmarking Report

  • Understanding your IT team’s perception of what’s important and how well they’re doing is central to identifying strengths, weaknesses, and potential misalignments with business priorities and expectations.
  • Learn about how IT departments in your industry assess the importance and effectiveness of 45 IT processes to gauge your own alignment and identify select processes for targeted improvement.
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K-12 Education IT Staffing Benchmarking Report

  • Many IT departments are already running lean, struggling to keep pace with never-ending demands from the business. IT staffing is stretched thin.
  • By taking the IT Staffing Assessment diagnostic and participating in our unique IT Spend benchmarking, you will gain critical information to position your team to be seen as strategic.
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K-12 Education IT Stakeholder Satisfaction Benchmarking Report

  • IT leadership needs to understand in which areas clients are unsatisfied with the quality of service they’re receiving from IT.
  • While K-12 school districts have been able to keep the lights on, the advent of COVID-19 will put stakeholder satisfaction with several critical areas in jeopardy – particularly those that have not been a traditional focus for K-12 IT. Priorities are changing fast.
  • It’s crucial to understand which focus areas to address and to develop insights into how your team compares with other K-12 school district IT organizations.

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Core Industry Technologies & Software Selection


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K-12 Education Student Information System Report

  • The student information system (SIS) facilitates the flow and management of student information across school district. An SIS allows for the seamless integration of systems and creates a holistic view of student information for administrators, principals, and teachers.
  • Learn about what student information system is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
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K-12 Education Learning Platforms Report

  • We use the term “learning platform” to accommodate both the traditional LMS and the collection of tools offered by solutions like Google Classroom.
  • Learn about what learning platform is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
Core Industry Technologies
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K-12 Education Integrated Library System Report

  • An integrated library system (ILS) is a resource management system for libraries. Like other systems, it is used to manage the resources in the libraries collection, such as its books.
  • Learn about what an ILS is, the state of the market, key features and functions, and leading vendors in the space in order to understand how it can transform your IT strategy and ability to deliver.
Core Industry Technologies
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Select a Student Information System

  • The impact:
    • Improvement on the probability of selecting a system that aligns with the strategic goals of the institution by following a structured and holistic approach that considers all aspects and stakeholders.
  • The result:
    • Successful execution of a complex task that could have significant implications for the institution.

Latest K-12 Notes

Short, tailored research notes aimed at providing you with timely insights, relevant to your industry. Hot off the press, these notes will be published regularly and pair great with your morning coffee.

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Meet the Education Sector Executive Services Leadership Team

Date published

November 6, 2023

Authors:
  • Mark Roman

  • Loretta Early

  • Carlos Thomas

  • Stephen O'Connor

  • Bradley Bowness

The Education industry is undergoing dramatic changes due to forces in the economy, the cybersecurity environment, and the expanding value of data. Our global Education team at Info-Tech is the world-renowned provider of choice for premier CIO and executive leadership, research, coaching, and mentoring services dedicated to IT leaders. Our mission is to serve as a trusted strategic advisor to enable Education IT leaders and increase the value of their organization. Our advice improves the teaching, learning, research, student experience, and community engagement aspects of their institutions through IT best practices and research. We will ensure that our members in the global Education sector receive exceptional value from their investment in their Info-Tech membership as they build an exponential IT mindset to embrace the changes in the Education industry.

Don't Get Left Behind: American Rescue Plan Funding Priorities Aims to Strengthen the Modernization of Educational Technology and Improve Cybersecurity Capabilities

Date published

May 27, 2021

Author:
  • Mark Maby

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) is the third stimulus package passed by the federal government since March 2020. The stimulus funding announced seeks to address gaps created by the COVID-19 pandemic. ARP comprises $1.9 trillion in mandatory funding, programming, and tax policies and provides significant relief to Americans adversely affected by the pandemic. Education IT professionals must be aware of the variety of funding opportunities to ensure the consistent delivery of quality education.

Part 1: Establishing a Balanced Scorecard for IT Performance in K-12 Is an Important Complement to IT Strategy

Date published

August 9, 2019

Author:
  • Sidney Hodgson

The balanced scorecard (BSC) often includes four perspectives, but K-12 districts and schools typically start with a perspective that tracks student outcomes and learning results. To be most effective, the IT BSC should be tied to the organization’s scorecard and reflect organizational strategies and goals.

Part 2: Establishing a Balanced Scorecard for IT Performance in K-12 Is an Important Complement to the IT Strategy

Date published

August 9, 2019

Author:
  • Sidney Hodgson

The balanced scorecard (BSC) often includes four perspectives, but K-12 districts and schools typically start with a perspective that tracks student outcomes and learning results. To be most effective, the IT BSC should be tied to the organization’s scorecard and reflect organizational strategies and goals.

Beware! Think of the Children: Software Licensing Pitfalls

Date published

July 30, 2019

Author:
  • Jimmy Tom

As educational institutions ramp up in technology adoption, online tools can be very effective as a collaboration medium. However, beware the pitfalls of the license terms, particularly if the users are minors.

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