Given the changing demands for principals in a ever-changing, technology-rich, data-rich education environment, the need for more work with campus administrative teams is clear. While teams recognize the value of technology and that it could have an impact on teaching and learning, there is no clear way to describe or quantify that impact. As such, the Levels of Technology Implementation (LOTI) Assessment will be completed in Fall, 2012. Dissemination of the data gathered in a usable format will be as critical as recognizing the need for the data.
The Technology Assessment Leadership Institute (TALI) results resulted from the combined efforts of the Leadership team to transform how administrative and instructional campus leadership teams approach the use of technology in schools. This multihour institute addresses how to assess the level of technology implementation (LOTI) as well as use the language of the Texas StaR Chart to plan future growth. The TALI will be followed up by specific presentations that demonstrated examples of instructional activities at various LOTI levels, as well as an online video library appropriate to target LOTI level 4, or target technology level.
The goal is to better prepare principals for using technology in schools. Principals, as well as their site-based teams, have articulated a clear need for guidance in terms of using technology to enhance both instructional and administrative processes. Campus principals and their teams will recognize that technology can be implemented at various levels, allowing them to implement technology into their Campus Improvement Plans. In addition to seeing more technology being used at the appropriate LOTI level for a campus, increased professional learning opportunities will become available. These opportunities enable teachers to achieve the next level of technology implementation as appropriate to their needs.
Based on their LOTI level, instructional staff can seek out professional learning according to the Technology Competency Certification Plan (TCCP). Each staff member can access his or her LOTI assessment through the district assessment.
The implementation cost for this project will include standardization of equipment available to principals and select members of their campus teams.
Extensive professional learning opportunities will be made available with support structures to match. These opportunities are briefly described below:
Technology Assessment Literacy Institute: These sessions are to be delivered to all campus principals and administrative staff.
Summer Summits: These summits—designed for campus leadership teams—enabled campus staff to analyze LOTI and StaR Chart data to better develop a plan of action using the Technology Competency Certification Plan (TCCP) and revise their campus improvement plans.
A variety of hardware, software, and services have been acquired and/or purchased to facilitate achievement of the overall goal of transforming teaching, learning, and leadership through the strategic application of technology. Specific objectives—such as the Technology Competency Certification Plan (TCCP)—also required purchases of appropriate software and/or services.
Hardware purchases may include iOS mobile learning devices, laptops for principals, wireless access points, as well as ongoing licensing for managed Web-based services such as the Eduphoria Suite, Edmodo, GoogleApps for Education, and others.
The primary impact of the aforementioned initiatives will be to establish a clear dialogue regarding the levels of technology implementation, defining exactly what constitutes target technology integration, and charting a path toward that target. This is the most powerful outcome of the TALI and supporting initiatives (e.g., TCCP, LOTI, DDAS). This outcome is intended and desired. Campus and district staff have to recognize—with a little guidance—the urgent need they all have for using technology to affect teaching, learning, and leadership. To better define how this can be accomplished, defining instruments to be used will include the Texas StaR Chart and, more importantly, the scientifically valid and reliable Levels of Technology Implementation (LOTI) assessment.
As teachers and campus leadership teams come to better understand their current LOTI level and where they need to be, campuses will be motivated to close the gap. This results in recognition of maximizing the use of Campus Instructional Technologists, campus improvement planning, teaching differently in the classroom, as well as developing professional learning networks.
In the short term, it has become clear that increased technology access with ample professional learning opportunities is critical to achieving the target technology level. As campuses and teachers set short-term goals—moving from their present LOTI to the next one or beyond—the whole district can make plans to provide the necessary hardware, software, and network tools. Funding for hardware, software, and staffing has diminished in Texas, but the total cost of ownership is ever present, as is the need for new hardware and software.
The critical element of the TALI is the LOTI. Conducting the LOTI assessment and sharing the data will provide information that campuses need to begin better understand how they can move forward with technology. The LOTI establishes a baseline for growth.
Also critical to success will be the implementation of the following initiatives:
-LOTI Video Library: A sample of video clips that exemplify different levels of the LOTI framework.
-Technology Competency Certification Plan (TCCP): A plan that outlines exactly what professional learning opportunities are needed. Organized by stage and correlated to the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) Beginning Teacher Technology Competencies, it clearly defines the path that administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals must follow to use technology effectively in schools.
-Stakeholder Support: District-level support will make the TALI and the LOTI required components of campus improvement planning, as opposed to just extraneous data.
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