The School Evaluation Summary was a really interesting assignment. In this assignment we were first asked to familiarize ourselves with the Technology Maturity Benchmark then make an evaluation of our school. This was completely new to me, I had never thought of technology in schools in such a complex way. I think that might be one of the main problems we have. It seems to me that with technology changing so quickly that we just let it come without planning properly and studying the developments. I think School Evaluation Summaries will help with keeping up with technology because we have a measurable way that changes with the advancement of technology.
The Technology Maturity Benchmark uses different levels to determine the maturity of technology in the school. The levels or stages are; the Emergent Stage, the Islands Stage, the Integrated Stage, and the Intelligent Stage. Emergent represents the least mature and Intelligent as the most mature. Each of these stages are divided into two categories; Behavioral and Resource/Infrastructure. I think the division of each of these areas is very necessary because the behaviors of technology use and the sources available really determine the level of maturity in technology. One thing I found interesting is that my school seemed to embrace technological resources but the behavior was one of the biggest factors in the development. While the school did well on the resource side, the lack of training was really a big indicator of the maturity level. Very little training was available and worse was the behavior of the teachers because the teachers didn’t have a strong desire to be trained. So the biggest hold up in my school was the lack of training. Technology is only as effective as the users ability. As technology advances it gets simpler for the user but we can’t assume anyone can “just figure it out”.
This assignment was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. It opened my eyes to realize the importance of defining what level of technology you’re using. If you don’t know where you’re at it’s difficult to see where you’re going especially in Educational technology.
School Evaluation Survey
- Start with defining technology use planning–how would you describe it?
“Technology planning is an activity that provides direction and helps users understand clearly where they are now and imagine where they want to be.” (Anderson) I would describe technology use planning as a step-by-step process of providing the most useful methods of integrating technology in education or other areas. Examples of these steps are the main goals of the NCTP (National Center for Technology Planning): 1.Collect 2. Disseminate and 3. Help (NCTP) It seems to me that technology use planning is best described as finding the right technology, for the right people, for the right price, and for the right results.
- How might the new National Educational Technology Plan 2010 be an effective and powerful resource for technology use planning?
The new National Educational Technology Plan 2010 might be an effective and powerful resource for technology use planning because it’s a government plan for making technology use! After reading some of the articles, especially looking at the NCTP website it seems to me that the National Educational Technology Plan 2010 is a great victory for technology use planning. I got the impression from looking over the NCTP website founded back in 1992 by Dr. Larry S. Anderson played a big impact on making the National Educational Technology Plan 2010 possible. Anderson’s website and research seems to be one of the fundamental infrastructures to make the plan happen. I think the plan will be a powerful resource because it puts into practice the methods and steps found on the NCTP website. The fact that there’s a government issued technology plan in place is the most powerful part of it. As valuable as NCTP is I think it’s just a good “resource” whereas a government plan is a “program”. The new National Educational Technology Plan 2010 is the application to the philosophy of NCTP.
- Do you agree with See about tech use plans needing to be short, not long term?
I think any plan should have a long-term vision, but I do agree with See about tech use plans needing to be short term. I agree that, “Technology is changing so fast that it is almost impossible to plan what type of technology will be available for use five years from now.” (See) so it is logical to make short-term plans that wouldn’t be applicable to obsolete technology in a few years. I like how See clarified his point suggesting that tech plans should be “divided into phases, not years” (See) and that if there is to be a long term plan that it should the plan should be tied “to your district’s budget cycle.” (See)
- What do you think about his comment that “effective technology plans focus on applications, not technology?”
I think that John See’s comment is a realistic and practical way to look at technology use planning. See has the philosophy of looking at the destination rather than the checkpoints. I think it’s important to look at where you want to go first and then how you want to get there. I think See has a very real world approach because he takes technology use planning in a “get it done now” way. I think See’s comment makes technology use planning simpler because it tells you where to begin, which according to See is the end.
- Do you agree/disagree?
I agree with John See’s comment that you need to know where to end up in order to make a plan on how to get there. I think it’s important to be able to make a plan that uses results to be able to measure it’s success, and See’s comment suggests an applicable focus rather than what tech you are going to use. I think that having a focus on applications will lead to effective technology plans, but it’s important to make the plan flexible and stick to it. See seems to suggest a lot of flexibility with technology plans which I agree with but I think it’s important for any plan to be successful it needs time to development. Even though technology is constantly changing, I think it’s important to plan on the change but not necessary always change your plan.
- What experiences have you had with technology use planning and what have you seen for outcomes (both good and bad?)
Looking at technology use planning initially I would say that I have no experience, but after studying it I can see how I may have been more involved with it in than I thought. I discuss often with my principal about the needs we have and we often talk about technology uses and equipment. For example, we recently have talked about purchasing adapters for our personal iPads so that we can use them with the classroom projectors. I didn’t think much of it but after looking over technology use planning I can see that it’s important to do more than look at budget, discuss what would be helpful, and then go with it. It’s important to have a solid plan knowing what you want to accomplish rather than what would be more convenient. Since I have really no experience with technology use planning I haven’t seen any outcomes from it but now that I’m more “aware” I’ll be looking at ways to plan and measurable outcomes.
Anderson, Dr. Larry “Guidebook for Developing an Effective Instructional Technology Plan Version 2.0 retrieved April 15, 2012, from http://www.nctp.com/downloads/guidebook.pdf)
NCTP, National Center for Technology Planning. Retrieved April 15, 2012 from http://www.nctp.com/about.cfm
See, John National Center for Technology Planning. (n.d.). Retrieved April 15, 2012, from http://www.nctp.com/html/john_see.cfm
Learning about RSS has opened up a whole new world for me. Until I’ve learned about RSS I was mostly using twitter to get my information. I really like how easy RSS is to use, it’s simple to subscribe and easy to read. I’m just thinking of a few ways to use this in the classroom or lesson. One way is to keep students up to date on assignments. I subscribed to the “EDTECH News Forum” and I can see the value and simplicity of getting the news out there. I can see me creating a feed where my students can access to get information on assignments, due dates, upcoming activities, etc.
Another way I may use RSS in a lesson plan is to keep creativity and variety up. I just skimmed the surface but I’m sure there’s plenty of feeds I can find that can give good lesson ideas everyday. It can be a valuable resource to be able to just look at the feed and see what’s out there for new ideas for lessons. RSS really opens up limitless creativity.
In addition to this I would use RSS for research. RSS is really useful for bringing information to me, I have already subscribed to a few feeds that I think will help give me valuable resources to work with. I believe RSS feeds will make resource easier because the resources will be coming to me. Even though I haven’t really used RSS I can see the many benefits for it in the classroom and teaching.
This is the link for the RSS Feeds