1b. Development, implementation, & evaluation of strategic plans

Reflection

Reflecting on Substandard 1B, it appears that my focus unintentionally fell to the evaluation and communication aspects of the standard. As a person who loves data and gathering opinions from stakeholders, the evaluation piece of this standard interested me most.

So many schools invest in technology without being deliberate in setting goals for teacher support and classroom use as well as student learning outcomes. I’ve spoken to many administrators in my career who have never heard of frameworks like Triple E or SAMR that can support teachers in not only implementing technology, but implementing it effectively in order to develop 21st Century learning skills in all students. Evaluations like the ones I had the opportunity to complete can be quite effective in gathering input from multiple stakeholders and identifying room for improvement.

Over the past two years in the Digital Education Leader MEd program I have had the opportunity to complete two evaluations for two very different schools. The first evaluation is my 2017 Digital Readiness Survey which (as the name indicates) was designed to gauge the district’s level of readiness for using technology to implement 21st Century learning goals. That report is included below and you can also explore the post I wrote for more information on this project.

More recently I had the opportunity to complete an evaluative assessment. My goal was to evaluate teacher and student perceptions of technology use. I designed a survey that used a variety of open and closed-ended questions to get a complete picture of how often technology is used and how it is being used. I also asked students and teachers to reflect on ways that the technology initiative has been successful and ways that the school could still grow. A copy of the survey is accessible below.

Evidence: Digital Readiness Project

For my culminating project for my Values, Ethics, and Foundations in Digital Education class, I was asked to assess the digital readiness of a school district by conducting an interview and then completing a report. Ultimately, I devised my questions based on the following sources: ISTE Coaching StandardsRibble’s Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship, and the Digital Leap Success Matrix published by the Consortium for School Networking. The carefully constructed questions allowed me to draw out my interviewee and nail down areas in which the district was meeting or attempting to meet its stated learning goals via the use of technology. I was also able to make a recommendation for next steps based on the principles and best practices I’d gained in the Digital Education Leadership program. 

The infographic below contains highlights from my report. For more details, please access the post by clicking the link in green.

Evidence: Technology Use Survey

For confidentiality reasons, I am limited in what I can say about the work I completed with this evaluation. I hope that by including the survey below along with listing the goals of my project, readers will at least get a glimpse of how you can begin with the goals in mind and develop survey questions from those goals. I am providing a link where anyone interested may make a (free) copy for personal use.

The goals for my project were as follows:

  • Gain an objective measure of the attitude towards technology on the part of both teachers and students

  • Differentiate attitudes towards technology; if a negative attitude did exist, what was it due to?

  • Determine ways in which students and teachers are currently utilizing technology

  • Determine what has gone well with the 1:1 initiative

  • Determine areas of need that may still exist

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