School Evaluation Summary

This assignment was to review my school and decide where my school was on the Technology Maturity Model (TMM).

After filling out the survey and the writing the evaluation, it was very clear to me that my school needs some help. My school does not have a large budget, but it does have space for technology. There are no technology use plans or any policy regarding technology. I hope to take the knowledge from this assignment and apply it to my school over the coming school year. By just implementing a technology use plan, my school can go from emergent to island or implemented.

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Below is the survey spreadsheet I used. I modified it a little to suit my personal aesthetic preferences.
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Technology Use Planning Overview

Technology use planning is an important building block to effective technology use in educational institutions. A technology use plan identifies and researches the needs of the institution. The plan also articulates how technology can support the educational institution’s needs.  The technology use plan defines the institution’s goals and explains the supporting tasks. Finally, a technology use plan lists needed technologies and which goals they support.

According to See (1992), “five year plans are too long”. His reasoning is that technology changes too fast for long term plans to be effective.  While I agree that technology evolves at such a rate that five-year-old technology can be obsolete, I do not agree with See’s opinion. Good plans include short-term goals, one to two years, and long-term goals, three to five years. Long-term goals are important because they help guide the technology use plan. Long-term goals also help districts plan approaching technology budget considerations.

I partly agree with See (1992), “effective technology plans focus on applications, not technology”. Technology use plans need to focus on applications for long-term goals. However, plans need to focus on technology for short-term goals. Focusing on what technology the district needs allows administration and purchasing to efficiently and accurately comparison shop and procure the technology.

Effective goals in a technology use plan address district needs, integrates into existing curriculum, and reference national goals. It is important for plans to meet a district need or the technology will be ineffective. Integrating technology into existing curriculum to allows better utilization of the technology. Aligning to national goals is easy using The National Technology Plan (2010). Alignment with national technology goals can add merit to a technology use plan and increase chances for grants.

I have not had any direct experience with technology use planning. I do not believe my school has a technology use plan. I plan on writing a technology use plan to help guide my school’s integration of technology into the curriculum.

AECT Standards

1.4 Learner Characteristics

“Learner characteristics are those facets of the learner’s experiential background that impact the effectiveness of a learning process”

2.2 Audiovisual Technologies

“Audiovisual technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials by using mechanical devices or electronic machines to present auditory and visual messages”

2.3 Computer-Based Technologies

“Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources”

2.4 Integrated Technologies

“Integrated technologies are ways to produce and deliver materials which encompass several forms of media under the control of a computer”

3.1 Media Utilization

“Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning”

3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization

“Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization”

3.4 Policies and Regulations

“Policies and regulations are the rules and actions of society (or its surrogates) that affect the diffusion and use of Instructional Technology”

4.1 Project Management

“Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects”

4.2 Resource Management

“Resource management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling resource support systems and services”

5.4 Long-Range Planning

Long-range planning that focuses on the organization as a whole is strategic planning….Long-range is usually defined as a future period of about three to five years or longer. During strategic planning, managers are trying to decide in the present what must be done to ensure organizational success in the future.”


Al-Weshail, A., Baxter, A., Cherry, W., Hill, E., Jones II, C., Love, L. T., Montgomery, F., … Woods, J. (1996). Guidebook for developing an effective instructional technology plan (Version 2.0.). Mississippi State University. Retrieved from

Karen Cator answers questions about the National Education Technology Plan. (2011). Retrieved from

See, J. (1992). Developing effective technology plans. The Computing Teacher, 19(8). Retrieved from

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. (2010). Transforming American education: Learning powered by technology (p. 124). Washington, D.C. Retrieved from

RSS for Educators

RSS for Educators

The use of RSS feeds is new to me. Because some spam emails, years ago, had RSS links on them I was under the false assumption that RSS was somehow a part of spam email distribution. Because I have been avoiding RSS feeds, I have set up email alerts and subscriptions with sites that I want to keep up on. To handle the incoming emails, I set up several special filters in my email with folders so emails from these sites wouldn’t clog up my regular email inbox.

Now I know better.

My goal is to convert all of my email subscriptions to RSS feeds. That part shouldn’t be difficult. After I subscribe to the RSS feed, I need to unsubscribe to the emails that I get. This should really free up my email account and make finding the information that I want easier. Now I can file my email sorting skills under the same category as my newspaper folding skills.

Now that I am an RSS convert, there are many ways I can use this in my classroom. If the students are using blogs to post comments or assignment, I can subscribe to the students’ blogs. As the students submit posts related to assignments, I can check the students’ work without having to open every blog to look for updates and grade assignments.

The students, or I, can put an RSS feed on the students’ homepage. This feed, or feed bundle, can help keep the students informed. The feed can be from my blog with classroom news, assignment updates and reminders. The feed can also be from other students’ blogs so they can see what they are doing.

I can use RSS feeds to help inform my lesson plans. I am making bundles of RSS feeds that are linked to some of my favorite teaching resource sites. This will help me keep a cutting edge on my lesson planning. Some of the sites don’t have RSS feeds that I can subscribe to. Using Page2RSS I can add those sites to my bundle so I will know when they are updated.

I can never leave well enough alone. I wanted to have my actual RSS feed here, not just a link. I created a WidgetBox blidget using the “Add a Link” link from my Google Reader bundle. I then embedded the blidget using the flash embed code and adapting it into a gigya widget. Detailed instructions here

In case you’d rather, my link RSS for Educators

Introduction Video

Insert information here about this activity, what you learned, and anything else you feel is important. Remember, this video will be visible by everyone. If you want to make the video private, you can adjust the settings in YouTube.

To insert a YouTube video in a WordPress post is easy–simply copy and paste the long URL in a separate line.

I’ve inserted a sample video, which of course, you can delete.

Video Introduction

My first graded assignment. Create a video introduction. I used and Windows Live Movie Maker.


Your first assignment in this course is to create an introduction video, using the tool of your choice. Have fun with this!


Learning Objectives

  • Identify goals for EDTECH program.
  • Apply technology skills by creating introduction video.

Introduce Yourself: Video Presentation

Video Presentation Rubric

  1. Video provides a good introduction about student (10 points)
  2. Video includes discussion of why student is pursuing a degree in EDTECH (10 points)
  3. Video includes discussion of what student hopes to achieve in program (10 points)
  4. Video has excellent audio and video quality (20 points)


  1. Create a short (3 minutes or so) video, introducing yourself. You can use any type of video camera (webcam, iPod, Flip, etc.) and any type of video production tool, such as Photo Booth (Mac), Movie Maker (Windows), or any other software. Need some ideas? Check out this website that lists a lot of Web 2.0 tools you can use:
    1. Tell us about yourself, your work, maybe something about where you live and your family, any hobbies you have, etc.
    2. Include information about why you are pursuing a degree in EDTECH at Boise State and what you hope to get out of the program. (You will be able to incorporate this beginning video into your final Portfolio Reflection Video at the end of the program, to view and reflect upon your progress!)
  2. Publish to your YouTube account (make the URL “Unlisted” URL for privacy).
  3. Embed your video on the Introduce Yourself Video Discussion Forum.
  4. Return to discussion forum by Tuesday of next week and rate your classmates’ videos, using the rubric provided on the forum.
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