Successful out-of-school programs that incorporate technology require thorough planning—everything from program definitions and scheduling to lesson plans and learning goals. Yes, we all struggle with it, but the process doesn't have to be painful, especially if you use conceptual techniques instead of the bureaucratic documents we're all so used to.
Remember: failing to plan is planning to fail. Whatever you do, don't shortchange this process; your efforts are all about helping the kids, even though it might not always seem so at first. Thorough work up front will do more to help your students achieve and succeed than almost anything else.
The tools, techniques and resources described here can be used at a variety of levels. They'll help you qualify your goals, ask the right questions and engage others in the planning process. Look to the following resources to help you along each step of the way.