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					Carmelina Sears

EDTECH 576

Evaluation Project

Are Teachers Using Technology in the Classroom?



“To be an effective change agent one must be willing to commit to a lifelong process of
self-examination.” –Patrica A. Carrow-Moffett

I will be seeking answers to the question: Are teachers at Wasco High School utilizing
the technology purchased for their use? After reading the June 2008 eSchool News
(http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=54091 ), I began to wonder if the
results were true here in my high school, Wasco High. How do the teachers at my school
feel about technology in the classroom? Do they agree with the article’s assertion that
teachers “still don't feel adequately prepared to integrate instructional software into their
classrooms and are not getting the technical support they need to fully impact student
achievement” despite the money spend to outfit the classrooms with technology. As I
seek answers to this question, I am also interested in how the students and administration
perceive the way teachers are utilizing the technology; therefore, I will survey students
and administrators as well.

Participants:

The following Wasco High School personnel will be necessary to the evaluation:

      Approximately 50% of the teaching staff or 35 teachers
      Three administrators (ideally even one from the Superintendent Office)
      35 students (15 Seniors, 10 Juniors, 10 Sophomores)

Procedures:

      Obtain results from a District survey given for the last two years
      Written survey/questionnaire for teachers
      Written survey/questionnaire for administrators
      Written survey/questionnaire for students
      Compare past District survey results to my survey
      Surveys will be conducted during the opening plenary of the school year by
       Carmelina Sears.
      The survey results will be compiled and assessed and scored by Carmelina Sears
       with the help of Mr. Russell Cherry, Math and Statistics teacher over the course of
       a one week evaluation period.
Written survey/questionnaire for teachers: Click on the box to follow the link to the
Teacher Technology Survey.


                    Teacher Technology Survey


Written survey/questionnaire for students: Click on the box to follow the link to the
Student Technology Survey.


                       Student Technology Survey


Written survey/questionnaire for administrators: Click on the box to follow the link
to the Administrator Technology Survey.


                           Administrator Technology Survey
                                (under construction)


Data Sources:


Participant Performance:

          --Teachers: collection of survey data
          Questions in survey dealing with participant performance:
                 Questions: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10

          --Students: collection of survey data
          Questions in survey dealing with participant performance:
                  Questions: 1-13

         --Administrators: collection of survey data
          Questions in survey dealing with participant performance:
                 (pending)
Participant Attitudes:

           --Teachers: collection of survey data
          Questions in survey dealing with participant attitudes:
                  Questions: 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

          --Students: collection of survey data
          Questions in survey dealing with participant attitudes:
                  Questions: 1-13

          --Administrators: collection of survey data
           Questions in survey dealing with participant attitudes:
                  (pending)

Expert Reviews:

   The revolutionary changes which continue to be stressors to many of the American
private and public sectors are not going away. If there is one thing we can count on, it is
change. There is an every-growing movement toward greater teacher participation in
decision-making, and accountability toward producing skilled workers for the
technological future. I used the “Six Steps for Change” outlined here to guide the creation
of the surveys with an eye toward finding ways to improve the use of instructional
technology at Wasco High School. 1) Identifying and Speaking Vision: Yours, Mine, and
Ours; 2) Empowerment of Self and Others; 3) Knowing Your Values; 4) Personal
Barriers and Enhancers to Change; 5) Environmental Barriers and Enhancers to Change;
6) Resisting the “Change-Back” Phenomenon (Carrow-Moffett, 1993).

    Instruments: Expert analysis and computation by Mr. Russell Cherry, Statistician. He
will aide Carmelina Sears in computing the mean and frequency distribution for each of
the survey categories. We will then be able to find a percentage for each survey category
to formulate our report concerning the use of technology at Wasco High School.

				
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