do you assess the IT program within your
are your goals? How well are you
reaching your goals?
at your program from multiple
- What's important? What should be assessed? Ask
- Are students getting to the technology when they
- Are teachers using the technology when it could be
- Are parents/community members happy with the
- It said "Insert disk #3" but only
two will fit.
- Press any key to continue. Where's
the any key?
- Windows installation complete,
press your luck to continue.
- Wow! Look at the cool cup holder on
- Assessment Tools
- Let's explore the following assessment tools:
- Standards. Many schools uses local,
state/provincial, regional, national, and
international standards as the basis for their
assessment program. Remember to check both the
content area and technology standards. Many of
these can be found on the Internet.
- Testing. In addition to standardized
testing, many schools have their own local testing
systems. Many teachers adapt tests from textbooks
and other sources.
- Portfolios. The use of portfolios has
become popular for both students and teachers.
Writings, communications, photographs, drawings,
videos, checklists, and personal reflections can
all be incorporated into a portfolio. It's also
possible to create computer-based portfolios.
- Interviews. Text-based, audio, and video
interviews are becoming popular ways to show change
over time. Consider doing interviews before or
after an event or at a meeting. Incorporate
interviews into project assessment.
- Surveys & Polls. Students, teachers,
administrators, support staff, technical staff,
community members, and parents can all participate
in surveys and polls.
- Documentation. Your technology plan,
professional development plans, and school reform
plan should all be used in your assessment
planning. Consider all forms of documents including
reports, journals and logs, observations,
anecdotes, and timelines.
Data. Counting things can serve an
important role in assessment. Ask yourself: how
much, how often, and how many? Examine some of the
- School: dropouts, attendance
- Curriculum: coverage, use
- Budget: spending, savings, areas
- Time: distribution, focus
- Hardware: new, retired, fixed
- Software: distribution, access, use
- Assessment Areas
- Your assessment plan should examine the school
environment, school curriculum, and school projects.
Also, look at the technology environment, technology
plan, and technology program.
- People play an important role in assessment.
Examine each of the following categories of
- Support Staff
- Tech Support
- Students. When assessing students,
consider standardized and local tests, project
evaluations, portfolios, and interviews. Think
about both the performance of the student and the
- Teachers. Be sure to use multiple
assessments with both students and teachers. You
may want some one-shot assessments such as a class
visitation. Also, consider project or program-based
assessment. In addition, build in ongoing
assessments that look at professional development
plans, lesson plans, and classroom management
- Assessment Keys
Some keys to assessment include the
- Be specific
- Focus on a particular topic
- Keep it short
- Try it before use
- Ask yourself:
- Why am I collecting this data?
- How will I use this data?
- Make it work
Assessment is not easy. You may choose to require
participation. For example, bring your survey to a
required faculty meeting. Or, ask people to do
paperwork or attend a workshop in order to receive
technology. On the other hand, sometimes the best
approach is the fun one. Enjoy assessment by making it
interesting. Provide food and rewards to increase
- How do
you assess the IT program within your
- Develop an assessment area that you
haven't tried before.