Artifact Introduction: During our fifth week in Introduction to Educational Technology, we were to explore issues of technology use planning. We were to do this by reviewing the NETP (National Education Technology Plan), reading through the Guidebook for Developing an Instructional Technology Plan and reviewing various articles from the National Center for Technology Planning. Then we were to use all of this information to critically review our own school or district’s plans and collaborate with our classmates about these plans using Twitter. Once we became very familiar with our school/district plan we were to conduct a survey and evaluation of our school under five distinct categories (Administrative, Curricular, Support, Connectivity, and Innovation) using the Maturity Model Benchmark Rubric.
Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection: This assignment was extremely eye-opening for me in regards to Mystery School’s ranking on the Maturity Model Benchmark. I had always thought our school was not doing too bad in terms of using the technology available effectively and that we were preparing our students for the future in technology. However, after careful consideration of the rubric and each level, I realized our school was falling behind, quickly. Much of this has to do with an effective District plan that is being implemented ineffectively at the school level. I believe that is the greatest pitfall of our school and until that problem is corrected, nothing significant can change. There is definite room for improvement at the school level by conducting staff training at school (instead of relying on teachers to sign up at the District) and teaching teachers to use technology effectively to increase student learning. I realized that implementing technology effectively within a classroom requires the support of not only the teacher but of so many people at the school, district, state, and national level, it truly takes a village.
- AECT Standard 5.3 Assessing/Evaluating: For this assignment I had to apply formal inquiry strategies to assess and evaluate processes for creating technology plans and the resources available for our school to increase the learning and performance of our students.