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Technology 101: Nine: Assessment & Evaluation

About this Daily Classroom Special

Technology 101 provides pointers, strategies and suggestions for helping your school design a technology plan that meets the needs of members of your learning community. Technology 101 was written by Peggy Wyns-Madison, a former Teachers Network web mentor.


Nine: Assessment & Evaluation

Your technology plan needs to be evaluated on a regular basis. A routine evaluation process is the best way to fine-tune and re-focus your technology efforts. You should not wait until the end of a three-year plan to evaluate its effectiveness. Monitor the implementation component of your plans and review the timetable. There are several research methods that you can use to evaluate the impact your technology plan has had on teaching and learning in your school. Consider the following questions:

  • How are students using technology?

  • How much time, or how frequently, do students use technology in school?

  • What curriculum areas are most connected with technology? What areas of learning are being enhanced by utilizing technology?

  • What skills and performance standards are students acquiring related to the use of technology?

  • What areas of staff development are desired?

Strategies for Assessment

Put together a volunteer focus group representing different audience groups to conduct interviews or surveys.

Recruit help from local universities, corporations, and community groups who have in-house research departments.

Include a budget for evaluation in funding proposals.

Review teacher portfolios to assess student and teacher progress. Alice Hom, a MetLife Fellow in the Teachers Network Policy Institute has done extensive work on this topic. Her policy paper , The Power of Teacher Portfolios for Professional Development identifies the advantages of utilizing portfolios for teacher professional growth.

Develop a rubric for your goals and objectives. Take a look at the April '98 issue of The School Administrator for sample rubrics.

As this workshop comes to a close, I'd like to share a quote from the late Albert Shanker (former president of the American Federation of Teachers) "Providing teachers with technology and the training to use it will not automatically transform our schools, but it's an important step toward getting us the productive, world-class education system that we need."

Do share any tips, comments or strategies you have used to develop your technology plan. We'd love to hear from you.

 

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