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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