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School Technology Use Evaluation

For this assignment, I performed a survey of the technology use at my school. The Technology Use Maturity Benchmarks had five main categories. It looked at technology use through administrative, curricular, support systems, connectivity, and innovation filters. The results of the survey are shown below. One thing to note, when it says “MS” in a category, that is because I would rate that category different if I were only rating the Middle School classes at our school. The “x” would be if I were rating the school as a whole.

After taking the survey, I then wrote an evaluation of the technology use at our school. That evaluation can be found below.

From completing this assignment, I learned several things. The only area where our school rated highly was when looking at technology use through the connectivity filter. Our school has a good wireless Internet system in place, and we had very few problems with connection issues last year. That at least sets us up to be able to improve in other areas. It was a little difficult to complete the survey because I was torn between rating what happened last year, and what I think will happen going forward. I ended up focusing mainly on where we are right now, and not assuming what will happen as we move forward. With a new Executive Director who is committed to streamlining committee and fundraising/grant-writing processes at the school, I think that some of the areas would be rated higher if I did the survey again in one year.

This assignment also made clear to me just how much of a hurdle it is to start a new school. Many of the areas where I rated our school low are rated that way just because we do not have systems in place yet. I think that as we move forward with our plans, those things will be an area of focus and will show improvement.

AECT Standards addressed by this assignment:

STANDARD 1 DESIGN Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to design conditions for learning by applying principles of instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.

1.1 Instructional Systems Design Instructional Systems Design (ISD) is an organized procedure that includes the steps of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating instruction.

This project demonstrated  this standard by thinking critically about where our school is at in the use of technology in instruction, and how we could improve in this area.

STANDARD 2 DEVELOPMENT Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

2.3 Computer-Based Technologies Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources.

This assignment used various computer programs to produce and deliver materials to an audience. These included Google Docs, Scribd, Moodle, as well as word processing and spreadsheet software.

STANDARD 3 UTILIZATION Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.2 Diffusion of Innovations Diffusion of innovations is the process of communicating through planned strategies for the purpose of gaining adoption.

3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.

3.4 Policies and Regulations Policies and regulations are the rules and actions of society (or its surrogates) that affect the diffusion and use of Instructional Technology.

This demonstrated the diffusion of innovations strand because it evaluated our current technology plan and helped me think of ways to improve that plan and make it more relevant for our school. It shows thinking about implementation and institutionalization because that is what the plan is focused on, and it included evaluating the current polices and regulations at my school.

STANDARD 4 MANAGEMENT Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

4.1 Project Management Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects.

4.2 Resource Management Resource management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling resource support systems and services.

4.3 Delivery System Management Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling ‘the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized’ . . . [It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner.

Evaluating our current technology use plan, or lack thereof, is a part of planning and monitoring development projects and our resource systems.

STANDARD 5 EVALUATION Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.

5.1 Problem Analysis Problem analysis involves determining the nature and parameters of the problem by using information-gathering and decision-making strategies.

5.2 Criterion-Referenced Measurement Criterion-referenced measurement involves techniques for determining learner mastery of pre-specified content.

5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation Formative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information as a basis for further development. Summative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information to make decisions about utilization.

5.4 Long-Range Planning Long-range planning that focuses on the organization as a whole is strategic planning….Long-range is usually defined as a future period of about three to five years or longer. During strategic planning, managers are trying to decide in the present what must be done to ensure organizational success in the future.

I analyzed the problems that our school has in our current uses of technology. I evaluated the current technology use at our school, and in completing this assignment began talking with our Executive Director about our long-range goals for technology use.

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Using Zotero for Citations

For this assignment, we had to find five peer-reviewed articles, and then use the Zotero program to correctly cite them. Zotero is a free program which imports information from an article you are viewing online, and then exports that information in a (hopefully) correctly-formatted list of references. This assignment demonstrated proficiency in the following AECT standards:

Standard 3: Utilization Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.1 Media Utilization Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

This project demonstrated media utilization because I had to use different sources for conducting my research. I used the Albertsons Library, the Digital Library for Education and Information Technology (EdITLib), and Google Scholar.

Standard 4: Management Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

4.4 Information Management Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.

This project demonstrated information management skills because it is an example of using a free, online tool for organizing and presenting resources, in this case journal articles.

These are the five articles I found for this assignment, using both Google Scholar and the Albertsons Library at Boise State University:

Grant, M. (2011). Learning, beliefs, and products: Students’ perspectives with project-based learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning5(2). Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol5/iss2/6

Lim, K. H. (2011). Addressing the multiplication makes bigger and division makes smaller misconceptions via prediction and clickers.International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology42(8), 1081–1106. doi:10.1080/0020739X.2011.573873

Moos, D. C. H. (2011). Adventure learning: Motivating students in a Minnesota middle school. Journal of Research on Technology in Education43(3), 231–252.

Roschelle, J., Shechtman, N., Tatar, D., Hegedus, S., Hopkins, B., Empson, S. … Gallagher, L. (2010). Integration of technology, curriculum, and professional development for advancing middle school mathematics three large-scale studies. American Educational Research Journal,47(4), 833–878. doi:10.3102/0002831210367426

Simons, K. D., Klein, J. D., & Brush, T. R. (20040700). Instructional strategies utilized during the implementation of a hypermedia, problem-based learning environment: A case study. Journal of Interactive Learning Research15(3), 213–233.

RSS for Education

There are several ways that an RSS feed could be helpful to educators. A teacher can make a feed that provides news links that are appropriate for children. With this feed set up, the teacher can then provide access to his students, and use it as a starting point in talking about current events.

RSS feeds could also be useful in getting students to connect Reading/Language Arts to their own real-world lives. A teacher could set up students with an RSS feed account of their own. Then, students could find feeds to put into their own account. These could be useful for senior project-type assignments. The student would be able to find feeds which are relevant to their own project or interests, and then be able to share the feed with classmates and teachers. One of the most intriguing ideas I have seen for using RSS feeds is to have students perform their writing on a blog. Then, the teacher can set up a feed to receive all the blog postings from the class in a RSS feed, and automatically receive updates when the students do their work.

RSS feeds can also be used in the planning and preparation that a teacher does. There are feeds which correspond to every subject, and a teacher could get ideas for future lessons or units by subscribing to different feeds. Using a reader is a good way to get quick exposure to different ideas, without little investment of time after the initial set-up.

For this assignment, I created a Teaching Resources Bundle of RSS feeds. These feeds are articles or links to articles which can be helpful to teachers. This assignment correlates to the AECT standard of Media Utilization.

Standard 2: Development Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

2.3 Computer-Based Technologies Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources.

The use of RSS feeds requires the use of a computer for the collection and viewing of the feeds.

Standard 3: Utilization Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

3.1 Media Utilization Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

This assignment shows that I can use RSS feeds to find media content, and set it up to make research and learning easier. By using an RSS feed to find content and pull it to my account, I am able to systematically bring content to me instead of having to spend extra time searching for information.

3.2 Implementation and Institutionalization Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.

The use of RSS feeds can be an integral part of a classroom or professional development. The use of RSS feeds will be most beneficial if they are set up as a regular part of the class or teacher’s routine, since they must be checked regularly to work as a data-gathering source.

Standard 4: Management Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.

4.3 Delivery System Management Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling ‘the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized’…[It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner.

4.4 Information Management Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning.

By providing students with RSS feeds which are relevant to the class, teachers would demonstrate proficiency in the delivery of materials using a different system than the traditional lecture or textbook format. Using RSS feeds in education is also a great way to manage the information that students have, since you can curate the materials the students see through the RSS feed.

Introduction Video

This video was for an “Introduce Yourself” assignment in EDTECH 501: Introduction to Educational Technology. The goal of the video was to introduce myself to classmates, as well as gain experience using video creating and video editing tools. The assignment demonstrates the following competencies from the AECT Standards.

AECT Standard 2: Development Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

Subcategory 2.4 Integrated Technologies Integrated technologies are ways to produce and deliver materials which encompass several forms of media under the control of a computer.

This shows evidence of the Development of Integrated Technologies standard because I had to use video editing software, photo software, and video capture software. In this case, I filmed myself using Photo Booth. I used iPhoto to make the slideshow in the middle of the clip. Finally, I used iMovie to edit together everything into one video.

AECT Standard 3: Utilization Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

Subcategory 3.1 Media Utilization Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

This shows evidence of media utilization because I used multiple modes of media in creating the video, as well as using different ways of presenting the video to potential viewers. The video was posted on YouTube, on the Moodle course page, as well as embedded into this blog entry.

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