Needs assessment justification


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Needs Assessment
Summer 2009

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Needs assessment justification

  1. 1. Attached you will find the Technology Needs Assessment for a fictional school called Grassy Knoll Elementary School. I chose an elementary school as my subject because I am an elementary educator. I am not currently teaching at a school full-time due to my Master's program, so I decided to create a fictional school. The first section pertains to general demographics. These questions can help in planning future training by giving an idea of who could use training in certain areas, or who would like more training in an area. The next section is about Basic Computer Usage. For this part of the survey and subsequent sections, I used the NETS-Teachers rating system of Novice, Developing, and Expert. This is shown as a scale of 1-5 on the survey, with 1 being Novice, 3 being Developing, and 5 is Expert. The questions show the grass-roots computer knowledge of staff members. The section on Multimedia is all about the hardware. This includes everything requiring technology use withinthe school from computers to music sound systems. Technology is not just computers. Schools use many devices and it is surprising how many teachers are not trained on objects such as overhead projectors! The next section is about programming and software use. In this section, the staff is asked about their basic and advanced computer software use and which specific programs they are knowledgeable in. The section about Current Usage in the Classroom is asking specifically teachers what programs they utilize in their rooms and other multimedia used. According to NETS, all teachers and support staff should be able to apply technology resources to enhance their productivity and professional practice. This includes using technology software and hardware to enhance lessons. The next section is about Technology Integration. This is a lengthy section that has the most detailed questions. NETS recommends that all teachers and support staff be able to implement curriculum plans that integrate technology in a way to maximize student learning. Teachers and support staff should:  Use technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards.  Use technology to support learner-centered strategies that address diverse needs.  Apply technology to develop higher-order thinking skills and creativity.  Manage students during technology-enhanced activities.
  2. 2. The next section relates to Ethics. NETS recommends that all teachers and support staff be able to understand social, ethical, legal and human issues in the PK-12 environment and apply that understanding in everyday practice. Teachers and support staff should:  Model and teach legal and ethical practices with respect to technology.  Apply technology resources to enable and empower diverse learners.  Identify and use technology resources that affirm diversity.  Promote safe and healthy use of technology resources.  Facilitate equitable access to technology resources for all students. The next section is about Assessment and Evaluation. According to NETS, all teachers and support staff be able to apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies. Teachers and support staff should:  Apply technology to assess student learning of subject matter using a variety of assessment techniques  Use technology to collect and analyze student assessment data so that findings are communicated to students and parents so as to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.  Apply multiple methods of evaluation to determine students’ appropriate use of technology resources for learning, communication and productivity. The final section of the survey has to do with Professional Development and Training. I asked questions about the staff member's interest in furthering their training and if they would like to be a part of a school "Technology Team" to help with future training and programs. Finally, I asked the staff what "grade" they would give the overall technology programs, both for teachers and students. I thought it would be interesting to know how people really feel about what the school has to offer for technology. Hopefully, if they give the school a good or bad grade, they will leave their comments in the "Comment/Suggestions" box at the bottom of the survey.