Blog responses to where people are at with their data collection have been quite diverse this week. Some blogs are reporting much difficulty collecting data due to limited responses to surveys. Others seem to be trucking along. Depending on the state of the analysis and data collection, I try to be a support to my peers by offering encouragement or suggestions. I appreciate it when this is offered to me. Hopefully my suggestions and encouragement help others. Some did respond to my comments and twitter messages… so this seems to indicate that my feedback is helpful.
Tracie posted an interesting article on her blog about the incredible lack of use of existing technology in schools. The article pointed to lack of professional development as the cause for the low numbers. I know I sound like a broken record… but… we could offer some teachers thousands of hours of professional development and we would not see an increase in use of technology without leadership insisting that the technology is being used. I attended a district-wide meeting given by our Educational Technology Director this week. A similar subject came up. When asked if administration was behind increased integration of technology in the classroom, she scrunched up her face and replied that administration is being given the same message as we (the site techs) are that technology should become more prevalent in the classroom. The key word “should” gives everyone an out. Until our leadership includes technology in the vision with follow-up support of professional development, teachers will continue to opt in and opt out as they choose.
The tool that Tracie and I are trying to create will be beneficial for those who opt-in. Our hope is that it will be user friendly enough that teachers who are wary of integrating technology will find the support they need. Since technology is embedded in the Alaska state standards, more teachers should be inclined to include technology in their instruction… in theory.
My goal is to finish up data collection this week. I have three interviews completed, but have not really delved into the results. We have parent-teacher conferences this week, which should give me time to sneak in a few more interviews. After that, I will look at the three sources of data and see what story they tell.
Pitler, H. (2011, June 17). So Many Devices, So Little Use — THE Journal. THE Journal: Technological Horizons in Education — THE Journal. Retrieved October 16, 2013, from http://thejournal.com/Articles/2011/06/17/So-Many-Devices-So-Little-Use.aspx?Page=1