Step 3: Current Technology Raw Data and Analyze Data
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Current Technology - Raw Data
The goal of this step is to get a comprehensive picture of where your district currently stands in relationship to the mission statement. Your committee should produce an overview of the current status of: 1) technical support, 2) hardware and infrastructure, 3) curriculum/student learning with technology, 4) teacher skills and delivery of instruction, 5) administrative use of computers, 6) technology policies, and 7) funding levels/sources.
Information should be gathered from both the building and district level. Several instruments are already in place for this process including the Census of Technology report that is prepared every April as part of Core Data. Surveys, interviews as well as input from all stakeholders are important in obtaining the correct information.
As you go through the assessing process, it can’t be stated strongly enough to keep the focus on teaching and learning and not just on hardware and connectivity.
Analyze Data and Make Recommendations
Your technology committee is in place. You have established a mission for technology use within your district. You have gathered your data from existing instruments and surveys. The next task is to analyze that data to make recommendations.
The major purpose of analyzing the data is to determine the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Your technology mission statement and the goals you have developed for technology use within your district should drive this analysis. With technology planning you must always keep your ultimate goal in mind.
Basically, your data analysis should revolve around the five Technology Focus Areas (TFAs).
In each of these areas you are looking for the gap between “what is” and "what should be.” When you have identified the gap you will have a handle on the need. Then you are in a position to develop recommendations that will address those needs and help accomplish your technology mission.
Technology Planning Guides
Basic Principles of Technology Planning. North Central Regional Technology in Education (NCRTEC) Consortium, North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Education Leadership Tool Kit: Change and Technology in America’s Schools. National School Boards Foundation, National School Boards Association.
Factors Influencing the Effective Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning:
Lessons Learned (pdf). SouthEast Initiatives Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC), 2001.
Getting America’s Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge. U.S. Department of Education, 1996.
Technology @ Your Fingertips: A Guide to Implementing Technology Solutions
for Education Agencies and Institutions. The National Center for Education
Technology in Schools: Suggestions, Tools and Guidelines for Assessing Technology in Elementary and Secondary Schools (pdf). Technology in Schools Task Force, National Forum on Education Statistics, 2002.
Technology Plan Outline (pdf). Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2000.
Using Technology in Missouri Schools - A Planning Guide. Missouri Department of
Hints from Missouri Educators
Analyze Data to Make Recommendations. David Hollingshead, Gideon School District, Gideon, Missouri, 2000.
National Technology Standards
National Educational Technology Standards Project. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2000-2002.
Total Cost of Ownership
Consortium for School Networking.
K12 TCO Calculator. Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education (IAETE), 2002.
Data Collection and Reporting Tools
The CEO Forum School Technology and Readiness Report: Professional Development: A Link to Better Learning. CEO Forum on Education
Closing the Equity Gap in Technology Access and Use: A Practical Guide for K-12 Educators. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory’s (NWREL) Northwest Educational Technology Consortium (NETC), 1998.
Profile your District. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2001.
Profiler. High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium (HPR*TEC), 2000.
Learning With Technology Profile Tool. North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium and North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.
Taking a Good Look at Instructional Technology (TAGLIT). Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Originally developed by the Principals' Executive Program, University of North Carolina Center for School Leadership Development), 2000.
Technology Support Index (TSI). International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 2001