Goal : In the 21st century, understanding and using technology will be an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life. It is the school system's responsibility to prepare students for this future. The classroom is the primary place where this preparation will occur; therefore, every classroom must be equipped with diverse technologies to support teaching and learning. Every teacher must be knowledgeable and skilled in the use of these technologies in daily instruction.
Objectives : When integrated into instruction, technology will support new strategies for teaching and learning by:
addressing diverse learning styles,
accommodating individual learning rates,
encouraging cooperative learning,
helping students accept responsibility for their learning,
providing the means to communicate globally, and
improving academic achievement in all areas.
Benson is a small, rural community located at the intersection of two major interstates. This could be related to the high number of move-ins and move-outs that we have. Most parents are blue-collar workers who are employed in service-related occupations. Benson Elementary is a Title I school, K-4 school with approximately 575 students in attendance at BES. At school, 59.8% of students receive free or reduced lunch. Our school has met Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) every year it has been in existence; and School of Excellence or Distinction for ten years. In the past ten years, there has been an increase in Hispanics which has created changes for the schools and the community. Currently, our school has two technology labs. Our class attends the technology lab for 45 minutes once a week for a lesson where technology is integrated into our curriculum. All classrooms have three computers that are connected to the Internet thru the access of the county’s local area network. All classrooms have video cards and United Streaming capabilities. Each grade level has a multi-media cart with laptop, digital blue microscope, two speakers, LCD projectors, and a Dukane Camera that is shared weekly. The school media center is entirely automated and hosts an online public access catalog. A total of twelve computers, located in the media center, are available for use by students/staff. The school hosts two computer labs, as well. Some flexible scheduling is available on an “as needed” basis. Ninety-seven percent of all certified staff members have received the QTL I training in technology. Our school will be ready to move into phase II of the QTL training that is offered by the county in the next school year.
Technology STAFF Survey
On a scale from 1-5 (with 5 being the highest), please rank the following:
How comfortable are you with using Technology?
How familiar you are with the North Carolina Technology Curriculum Objectives for your grade level?
What is the level of competence you feel you have teaching in a computer lab setting?
What is the level of competence you feel you have using/connecting a Box Light to a computer/laptop?
What level would you evaluate the time available for collaboration to plan engaging projects (that include research and technology) with the Media Coordinator and Technology Facilitator at our school?
What is the level of competence you feel you have using Microsoft Word?
Technology STAFF Survey cont.
7 . What is the level of competence you feel you have using Microsoft PowerPoint?
8. What is the level of competence you feel you have using Microsoft Excel?
9. What is the level of competence you feel you have using Integrade (for gradebooks and report cards)?
10. What is the level of competence you feel you have Inserting a Picture or Clip Art?
11. What is the level of competence you feel you have saving a document to an appropriate drive and folder on our PC?
12. How comfortable are you with creating/updating your School Center page?
Technology STAFF Survey cont.
13. What is the level of competence you feel you have explaining to student s how to login to the PC’s at our school?
14. What is the level of competence you feel you have using Groupwise for sending email?
15. What is the level of competence you feel you have using Groupwise for attaching documents to email?
16. What is the level of competence you feel you have using Microsoft Publisher (news letter, brochure, web page)?
17. What is the level of competence you feel you have using the teacher tasks (running reports, managing student info, etc.) in Star Programs ?
18. What is the level of competence you feel you have using the Internet as a resource for instruction?
19. How comfortable are you with using United Streaming?
Technology ADMINISTRATION Survey
If you are an administrator, media coordinator, or technology facilitator, please complete this survey by Sunday, February 24, 2008. Your answers will be shared with our School Improvement Team (SIT) at their next meeting. Your answers will guide the team in the revision/addition of technology goals and strategies to our School Improvement Plan (SIP). After our SIP has been updated, you will be able to access a copy at our school's website. These goals/strategies will aid our school in the process of helping our students acquire the technology knowledge they need to be lifelong learners in the 21st century. Thank you in advance for your participation.
What hardware and software are available in your school and classrooms?
What new software or hardware do teachers frequently request for use in classrooms?
What types of activities do teachers use with educational technologies and how often do they use those activities?
What are examples of special work or projects teachers and students have done with technology?
What student benefits have the staff members observed in relation to the use of technology in the school/classroom?
Who supervises and assists students in the use of computers?
Who assists and supports technology problems within schools on a daily basis?
Who handles major technology problems that have come up regarding the use of technology in the school/classroom?
What is the type and frequency of participation in educational technology professional development in the previous two years? What effect has it had on instructional practices?
What new professional development do teachers and staff members frequently request?
What are the technology skills levels of your teachers? Students?
What is your technology vision for the school?
What are your teacher/student expectations in the area of technology?
Technology PARENT Survey
If you are a Benson Elementary parent, please complete this survey by Sunday, February 24, 2008. Your answers will be shared with our School Improvement Team (SIT) at their next meeting. Your answers will guide the team in the revision/addition of technology goals and strategies to our School Improvement Plan (SIP). After our SIP has been updated, you will be able to access a copy at our school's website. These goals/strategies will aid our school in the process of helping your child acquire the technology knowledge he/she needs to be a lifelong learner in the 21st century. Thank you in advance for your participation.
What grade is your child in?
How comfortable are you with technology?
How comfortable is your child with technology?
Does your child have access to a computer/Internet during the school week or weekends? (Access may be at home, family/friend’s house, public library, etc.) If so, how often does your child use a computer/Internet?
What technology/computer activities does your child participate in at home?
What type of technology projects would you like your child to participate in at school?
Would it be helpful if the school’s computer lab were available after school hours? If so, what days and hours would you like for the lab to be open?
Technology STUDENT Survey
If you are a third or fourth grade student, please complete this survey by Sunday, February 24, 2008. Your answers will be shared with our School Improvement Team (SIT) at their next meeting. Your answers will guide the team in the revision/addition of technology goals and strategies to our School Improvement Plan (SIP). These goals/strategies will help you acquire the technology knowledge you need to be a lifelong learner in the 21st century. Thank you for your participation!
What grade are you in?
How comfortable are you with technology?
Do you have access to a computer/Internet during the school week or weekends?
How often do you use a computer/Internet?
What kind of technology activities do you do in your classroom?
What kind of technology activities would you like to do in your classroom?
What kind of technology devices do you like to use?
Would it be helpful if the school’s computer lab were available to you after school hours?
Interviews People I would interview or question (in addition to surveys): SWAT - The SWAT team is responsible for technical support such as upgrades, equipment, and software. Principals – The principal and assistant principal can give me some insight into what software, hardware, and training will be most useful to the students and school community and that is accepted and used by their teachers/staff. Rene Vanek (technology facilitator) - Rene is responsible for maintaining the technology equipment in the school which includes approximately 300 computers plus a variety of other technology equipment. She is a resource to classroom teachers for assistance in planning and integrating technology in the classroom. She is also responsible for teaching technology staff development. School Improvement Team – The SIT is responsible for collaboratively discussing school issues and voting on implementing new policies at school. They are also responsible for creating the School Improvement Plan. Media and Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) - MTAC is responsible for conducting staff surveys, student surveys, and speaking with the administration. The faculty, staff, and community provide input for school technology use through surveys and their MTAC representatives.
Documents and sources of information to examine:
2008-09 Benson Elementary School Improvement Plan – serves as
a guide for the school’s decision-making on the programs and structures needed in the school. It provides goals and strategies for reaching those goals in order to obtain 97% proficiency by 2009-2010.
2005-09 Benson Elementary School Technology Plan - provides a road map for future technology integration into classroom instruction and also establishes strategies that can measure how technology affects student achievement at Benson Elementary School.
2008-09 Benson Elementary School Technology Staff Development listings – The listing of all offered workshops for this past school year will be compared with the numbers and types of the sessions which had sufficient registrants enroll to hold the class. This will give insight into what type of training teachers desire.
These items would be discussed at PTA meetings and open community forums.
Name some of the technology projects or activities that students have been excited about in the past.
What technology skills do you feel are important for students to learn before they go out into the job market?
What equipment, other than computers, is important for us to have and use in the classroom?
Should teachers make more of an effort to assign electronic projects instead of pencil/paper assignments?
Is the computer lab available to students after school hours?
Are teachers using new technology in their classroom lessons?
My findings and recommendations for a technology plan would be published and sent out to the principal and assistant principal of Benson Elementary School. It would then be brought to the School Improvement Team for review and comments. The principal would bring this information to the staff. After allowing several weeks for discussion and review, I would take the feedback into consideration and make any necessary changes. The SIT would vote on whether they approve or do not approve this Needs Assessment for a technology plan.
Upon carefully reviewing and analyzing all of the data, surveys, and interviews, the following findings have emerged from our needs assessment:
Fifty-five percent of parents say their child has access to a computer/Internet during the school week or weekends.
Forty-seven percent of students say it would be helpful if the school’s computer lab was available to them after school hours.
Eighty-nine percent of teachers surveyed believe that the individual classroom needs to have newer computers and more of them.
Seventy-six percent of teachers say they feel comfortable using technology.
Forty-eight percent of teachers say there is not enough time to collaborate to plan engaging projects that include research and technology with the Media Coordinator and Technology Facilitator at our school.
Only thirty-five percent of students say they participate in various technology activities in their classroom. This is due to lack of enough computers.
Sixty-eight percent of parents feel their child is comfortable using technology.
Simulated Report cont.
These findings can be used to meet our goals and objectives by making the following recommendations for changes to current technology practices in Pitt County Schools:
Each principal will be required to observe teachers using student-centered technology lessons.
All new computers purchased for the next two years must be placed in classrooms; we will not continue the practice of buying new computers for the media center and/or computer lab, and moving the oldest ones from those locations into classrooms.
More PLC planning time will be built into the schedule to allow for more collaboration with the Media Coordinator and Technology Facilitator.