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Technology Assessment Articles

Tech Literacy Assessment - What Should You Measure? from Ed Week's Digital Directions

Technology Assessment Tools

Integrating Technology in Multiple Intelligences - Ideas for Integrating Technology into Learning to Address Multiple Intelligences
Special Report on Authentic Assessment - From Edutopia
Assessment Articles - From Edutopia
School Visit Report: This document can be used to look at a school through the lens of a leader, coach, teacher, online support, and tech support.
external image icon_Word.gif School visit documentation template - From Microsoft
Learning space matrix - From Microsoft
Classroom Observation Recording Sheet.doc: This document can be used as a guide to technology integration when walking through a school building.
Classroom Visitation Rubric : Rubric for assessing technology in the classroom.
Technology User Survey.doc: Survey for assessing teacher's comfort with technology.
Instructional Technology Consultation Survey.pdf: A document for schools to complete regarding their satisfaction with the work of their educational technology consultation.
Microsoft's School of the Future Downloads

Technology Assessments

This is where we can collect technology assessment information.

Please share and list alphabetically in the following format:
Assessment: Type the name of the assessment (Select "Heading 2" so it appears in the TOC)
Website: Indicate website url
Description: Brief description
Supporting Documents or Info: Post any supporting documents using the icon above with the tree

Atomic Learning

Website: http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/frameworkphilosophy.shtml
Description: The Atomic Learning Framework identifies 25 “essential digital literacy elements. These are based on:
  • The five forms of digital media: Text, Numbers, Images, Sounds, Video
  • The five step process for working with each form of digital media: collecting, composing (organizing, manipulating, formatting) and communicating.
The self assessment allows you to rate your skill in collecting, composing (organizing, manipulating, formatting) and communicating the five forms of digital media (Text, Numbers, Images, Sounds, Video). In the assessment tool, these elements are arranged in a grid. For each element in the grid, you rank yourself from 0 to 4.
0 = I know nothing about this skill
1 = I have seen this skill demonstrated, but have not tried to do it myself
2 = I can perform this skill, but I need some help
3 = I can perform this skill on my own
4 = I can teach this skill to others
Supporting Documents or Info:

BOCES Tech Literacy Assessment

Website http://techliteracy.gstboces.org
The assessment uses Adobe Authorware software to create an interactive assessment that tracks student responses to some basic technology skills such as performing simple word processing, web browsing, spreadsheet, and presentation software tasks.
Supporting Info http://ideas.gstboces.org/index.php/2008/05/19/assessing-student-technology-literacy/#more-42

Evidence of Quality Teaching with Tech

Description: Online technology teaching assessment to help schools plan their professional development. Schools are able to get an immediate understanding of where teachers are with technology integration.
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Interactive Inc.

Website: http://www.interactiveinc.org
Description: Evaluation and Documentation. Interactive, Inc. specializes in the empirical documentation of the impact of learning technologies. We are a leading program evaluation firm focused on empirical answers to the perennial question: "What works?" Our research has been featured in Phi Delta Kappan, American School Board Journal, Electronic School, The Educational Administrator, Education Leadership, and eSchool News.

Key Stage 3 ICT Assessment Tasks

Website: http://www.naa.org.uk/naaks3/
Description: The National Assessment Agency (NAA) has developed a bank of onscreen assessment tasks designed to be used flexibly by teachers to contribute to assessment for learning in information and communication technology (ICT) at any time during key stage 3 (KS3). Assessment for learning is an important part of helping pupils to make progress. The KS3 ICT tasks are designed to help improve pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding by giving instant feedback that teachers can use to develop and target learning objectives more accurately.
By the end of 2008, a battery of fifteen- to thirty-minute tasks will be available to teachers on demand, anytime. The test is not mandatory, but it's free, and Walton expects most schools to use it to help tailor instruction.
Creating a test like this demands investment of time and money: All told, the QCA put about $46 million into this six-year project.
Supporting Documents: [[http://www.edutopia.org/assessment-technology-literacy#|Tech Literacy, the British Way: Assessing Students' Mastery of the Computer]]

Learning Point Associates

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL)
Website: http://www.ncrel.org/tech/aande2.htm
Featured Products

//enGauge//® Framework and Online Assessment (2001, ongoing)
EnGauge is a Web-based framework that helps schools and districts plan and evaluate their systemwide use of educational technology. Developed by NCREL with the Metiri Group, enGauge provides a comprehensive view of critical factors that strongly influence the effectiveness of educational technology. It provides online assessments to help schools and districts gauge their progress with learning technology and develop an informed plan of action. It also presents information on the effective uses of technology to advance student learning and the educational system conditions required to use technology effectively. (Audience: K-12 administrators, technology coordinators, education policymakers, K-12 teachers, education researchers)
Templates, Forms, Interactive Tools, and Guidebooks

Scoring Guide for Student Products (2001)
This Web tool helps teachers evaluate student products that are created with technology. It focuses on the student's content knowledge and effective technology use. (Audience: K-12 teachers)

Planning for D3T (Data-Driven Decisions About Technology) CD-ROM (2000)
Planning for Data-Driven Decisions About Technology, also known as Planning for D3T, will help school improvement teams generate a comprehensive technology evaluation plan. In addition, this CD-ROM can be used by administrators for allocating resources and by technology and curriculum coordinators involved in technology infusion. This thought-provoking resource asks school improvement teams to evaluate technology from three perspectives: the systemic organization, the teaching practice, and student learning.

Supplemental Resources

Technology Standards for School Administrators (2001)
The Collaborative for Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA Collaborative) has developed and documented a national consensus on what Prekindergarten-12 administrators should know about and be able to do to optimize the benefits of technology use in schools. This consensus was released by the TSSA Collaborative in November 2001 as Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA). The North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC), a founding member of the collaborative, makes the TSSA available in a Web version and a PDF version. (Audience: K-12 administrators, education policymakers)


Website: http://www.loticonnection.com/index.html
The LoTi Survey provides a way for educators to identify their professional development needs by assessing their levels of current instructional practice and personal computer use. This survey is intended to assist educators to increase their expertise in creating student centered learning environments. The focus is on instruction, not on technology skills as isolated competencies. After completing the Levels of Technology Implementation (LoTi) survey, which typically takes about 20 minutes, educators are provided their individual LoTi levels, along with recommendations for increasing their current levels (Low, Mid, or High).

Supporting Documents:
Download the District Tech Survey in Word
Download the School Tech Survey I - Tech Access in Word
Download School Tech Survey II - ICT Literacy & PD in Word
Sample Reports at: http://www.nheon.org/oet/survey/index.htm

Measurable Goals

Description: The easy way to plan assessment would be to decide where you want the kids to be at the end and work backwards. After 25 years teaching special ed students (with IEPs) I've probably written 5000 goals and objectives over the years. To me, if you used the NETS standards, it would be simple to write some broad goals for all kids K-12 that could be easily assessed. I've got examples if you need them.
Here's a couple of measurable goals:
  • After 36 weeks of instruction, given 2 tasks, issues, or problems, the student will plan, collect, view, analyze and report relevant data using 5 or more digital devices and/or computer applications.
  • After 36 weeks of instruction, given appropriate digital media and communication environments, the student will support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others by collaborating on 1-2 digital presentations or products in a curriculum area.
These goals are based on the NETS standards and would be assessed by the use of rubrics. They are special ed goals and sound wordy, but you could write something as simple as
  • After 36 weeks (one school year) of instruction, given appropriate materials, the student will write, edit and produce a 3 minute video.
From: Nancy Bosch

National Curriculum in Action: Info and Comm Tech

Website: http://www.ncaction.org.uk/subjects/ict/index.htm
Description: The British have been working hard for years at defining, exemplifying (and funding) standards and assessment across the curriculum. There are five levels of attainment: 1. finding things out 2. developing ideas and making things happen 3. exchanging and sharing information 4. reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses 5. breadth of study
This page describes the progression through the levels, with characteristics and examples.
From: Kathy Epps who adds: I work in an International School which is not bound by any specific set of standards, and have always found it useful in my planning to use both the British attainment levels and the ISTE NETS (now the new Nets) - I find them to be different ways of describing the same goals.

School 2.0 Reflection Tool

Website: http://etoolkit.org/etoolkit/reflection/about
Description: The Reflection Tool presents questions that are designed to help you reflect on your skills in technology integration and to identify areas for growth. These questions are based on the Technology Standards for School Administrators developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Skills Framework developed by the Consortium for School Networking (COSN.)
Please answer each question as honestly as you can. You will be the only person who will see your individual results. When you have finished, your responses will generate a profile for self-reflection. You can then request links to resources that your responses indicate might be helpful to you and store them with your personal resources.
To begin, select of the following questionnaires:

Teacher Assessment Spreadsheet

Teacher assessment from a middle school with questions and anonymous answers.
Tech Survey MS in NYC No names.xls

Technology Integration Matrix

Website: http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/index.html
Description: The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated on the website.

Tech Literacy Assessment

Website: http://www.learning.com/tla/index.htm
Description: Web-delivered to the classroom, computer lab or any Internet-connected computer TechLiteracy Assessment is easy to implement and measures and reports technology literacy for elementary and middle school students — one district-wide solution to two challenges:
  • Get valid technology proficiency data to support accountability goals.
  • Inform instruction to support improved student technology learning and help teachers plan how to integrate technology into core curriculum.
Demonstrate student knowledge and skills
Easy Management and Proctoring - TechLiteracy Assessment features the same intuitive, simple intuitive management system as EasyTech.
Timely reporting - TechLiteracy Assessment’s powerful reporting options provide immediate data to:
  • Meet accountability requirements
  • Identify challenges from district to school level
  • Individualize instruction
  • Evaluate technology resource use
  • Help set goals for future technology programs and investments
Supporting Documents and Information:

Tech Tally

Website: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11691
Description: Tech Tally Approaches to Assessing Technological Literacy determines the most viable approaches to assessing technological literacy for students, teachers, and out-of-school adults. The book examines opportunities and obstacles to developing scientifically valid and broadly applicable assessment instruments for technological literacy in the three target populations. The book offers findings and 12 related recommendations that address five critical areas: instrument development; research on learning; computer-based assessment methods, framework development, and public perceptions of technology. This book will be of special interest to individuals and groups promoting technological literacy in the United States, education and government policy makers in federal and state agencies, as well as the education research community.
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STaR Chart

Website: www.iste.org/starchart
Description: This is ISTE's CEO Forum’s Interactive School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart, a self-assessment tool designed to provide schools with the information they need to better integrate technology into their educational process. Here, you can complete an online, multiple-choice questionnaire that will provide you with instant feedback on how well your school is doing in this process. The STaR Chart identifies and defines four school profiles ranging from the "Early Tech" school with little or no technology to the "Target Tech" school that provides a model for the integration and innovative use of education technology.
How the STaR Chart Can Help
The STaR Chart can help any school or community answer three critical questions:

  1. Is your school using technology effectively to ensure the best possible teaching and learning?
  2. What is your school’s current education technology profile?
  3. What areas should your school focus on to improve its level of technology integration?
How the STaR Chart is Being Used
Here are some of the ways the STaR Chart is being used to help schools:

  • Setting benchmarks and goals. Schools, districts and states have used the STaR Chart to identify current education technology profiles, establish goals, and monitor progress.
  • Applying for grants. The STaR Chart has helped schools and school districts identify their education technology needs as they apply for grants.
  • Determining funding priorities. Education administrators and policymakers have used the STaR Chart to determine where to allocated funds.
  • Creating individualized assessment tools. Education administrators and policymakers have used the STaR Chart as the basis for state-wide technology assessments.
See a Report: Sample STaR Results.htm

TechPOINT Technology Assessments

Website: http://www.techpt.org
Description: TechPOINT is a fully integrated suite of resources focused on helping meet the needs of all students, teachers, and administrators. TechPOINT consists of the following three parts:
  • TechPOINT Proficiency Assessments - Valid and reliable objective assessments of technology literacy for 5th– and 8th– grade students and K–12 teachers aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • TechPOINT Surveys - Valid and reliable measures of school–level factors that impact student technology literacy, teacher technology integration, and administrator technology leadership
  • TechPOINT Professional Development - A continuum of professional development materials for teachers, aligned to ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS•T) and the Standards for Staff Development from the National Staff Development Council
Supporting Documents:
Example items_5thgrade.doc
example items_8thgrade.doc
Sample student survey questions.doc

Virginia Commonwealth University

Contact: Jonathan Becker [jonathan.d.becker@gmail.com] Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
I think it'd be interesting/useful to create a matrix as a framework for assessment. The columns of the matrix would represent students, teachers, administrators, and maybe a "school" column. The rows would represent the "what"; which concepts/constructs you want to measure (e.g. skills, literacy, levels of integration, amounts of use, levels of access, etc.). From there, you could populate the cells in the matrix with the various surveys, tools, etc. You'll probably find that no one solution covers the whole matrix. Some of the canned products (Learning Point, for example) will cover the most ground and will probably offer the most sophisticated reports. But, those are also very likely the most expensive solutions and the least customizable. You're probably better off picking and choosing from a few different sources and administering the assessment as a customized portfolio. For example, maybe you want to do Learning.com for students, LoTi for teachers and PTLA for administrators. In combination, those data might paint interesting pictures of each school; they are, though, snapshots which could look very different year-by-year given the mobility of students, teachers and leaders. If you're interested in working with a group to coordinate that sort of customized effort, let's discuss further. Of course, the ultimate trick is getting cooperation from students, teachers, administrators and whoever else it is that you need to collect data from; that's always fun