When It comes to implementing technology in our schools this is one of most overlooked areas in my opinion.  Instead we just blindly follow whatever seems to be cool at the moment instead of thinking it through.   Below is great article from School CIO.

In bringing the benefits of technology to education and indeed to any organization, needs assessments and surveys are a valuable tool for School CIOs and school leaders. … Seeking input and feed back is essential to the success of any initiative. This survey feedback can act as a ‘GPS’ telling you where you are currently and what you need to do to get to your destination. ….. These assessments can look at both classroom technology and overall technology needs in your school. Below are some resources for this purpose.

Topics for Assessment – Consider Survey Topics

  • Technology Integration
  • Tech Support and Equipment
  • Communications
  • Professional Development
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Learning and Skills
  • Lesson Planning for 21st Century Learning
  • Emerging Technology, New Ideas

Framework & Assessment Instruments – Below are some existing Surveying Guides and Instruments

Create Your Own – Ways to Customize to Your School/District Needs

  • TIMTechnology Integration Matrix created by the University of Southern Florida – Matrix which has been a model for other states and schools
  • Framework – Base it on given frameworks such as ISTE’s Nets, P21 or other frameworks
  • Local Vision – Base it on current school/district vision and other existing plans such as Technology plans

Tools to Use – Sampling of Available Online Tools

  • ZoomerangSurvey Tool – Free version or get additional features by subscription
  • Survey MonkeySurvey Tool – Free version or get additional features by subscription
  • Google DocsGoogle Forms – Free. Includes many options. Data imports into spreadsheet format
  • LotiLoti Survey – Administrative and Teacher Available

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This post is cross posted by Nancy Caramanico on TechConnects