Technology Plan

Last Updated: 18 April 2018 at 08:24

A technology plan should be drafted and maintained by the stake or district technology specialists (STS). Where assistant technology specialists exist but no STS is called, the assistants should work under the direction of a stake or district clerk to draft this plan. 

This document should identify the technologies being used within the stake, the technological needs of leaders and members, the additional resources available from the Church, and recommendations for what the stake could do over the next one to three years. This plan becomes the basis for a discussion with your stake presidency to finalize an actual plan of action.

The stake presidency’s conclusions and directions should be documented in the final Stake Technology Plan, which would then be approved by the stake president. This becomes your working guideline. This plan should be reviewed and updated at least annually.

Below is an example of how a stake technology plan might be formatted.


Technology Plan (Example Outline) 

Section 1: Current Use of Technology in the Meetinghouse 
(Prepared by the stake technology specialist)

1.1 Use of online Church technology

  • Perceived use of applications on LDS.org (calendars, newsletters, lesson schedules, and so on):

  • Perceived use of rich media content for teaching and training (Come, Follow Me, other online materials):

  • Training recommendations for leaders and members, if any:

1.2 Technological interests and expertise of leaders, teachers, and members

  • Desire and ability to present rich media in classes and meetings:

  • Comfort level, familiarity, and experience with using Church applications (LDS.org, Android, Apple):

  • Training recommendations for leaders and members, if any:

1.3 Display devices

  • Age, condition, and capability of current display devices:

  • Recommendations for providing additional connectivity to equipment, if any: 

  • Recommendations for upgrading or replacing equipment or for acquiring new equipment, if any: (Include reasons for the recommendations and anticipated costs.)

1.4  Internet and Networks

  • Assessment of wireless network accessibility and bandwidth: (Use tm.lds.org for usage statistics.)

  • Sufficiency of current wired connections:

  • Current network connectivity of printers and copiers:

  • Recommendations, if any:

1.5 Other

  • Additional comments, perceptions, issues, and concerns related to technology usage within the stake:

Section 2: Available technology not being used
(Prepared by the stake technology specialist)

2.1 Church technologies not currently used within the stake:

  • (Technology #1: Include description of what the technology does)
  • (And so on . . .)

2.2 Specific new technologies recommended for implementation within the stake:

  • (Technology #1)
    • Anticipated benefits: (Describe why this technology would be beneficial to stake leaders and members)
    • Anticipated costs: (Describe installation and ongoing costs and additional time constraints on members)
  • (And so on . . .)

Section 3: Implementation Plan 
(Must be approved by the stake president)

3.1 Priorities, goals, and plans for the next 12 months:

  • [Desired outcome #1]
    • Required equipment and software:
    • Required member and leader training:
    • Other considerations, discussions, and analysis:
    • Responsible person:
  • (And so on . . .)

3.2 Priorities, goals, and plans for 12 to 24 months:

  • [Desired outcome #1]
    • Required equipment and software:
    • Required member and leader training:
    • Other considerations, discussions, analysis:
    • Responsible person:
  • (And so on . . .)

3.3 Priorities, goals, and plans for 24 months and beyond:

  • [Desired outcome #1]
    • Initial implementation plan
       
  • (And so on . . .)

Section 4: Approval

Stake or District President’s Signature Date: