Dr. Sally Lindgren, Coordinator of Technology
Earlier this spring, 31 area public school districts and four non-public districts participated in GPAEA’s BrightBytes Survey. The Survey was the result of this years planning with area superintendents to continue support toward the integration of technology and 21st Century Learning. The results of the survey were shared with district teams April 3rd at Heartland AEA. Approximately 100 people attended this training including some guests from three other AEAs that are considering BrightBytes for their schools too. Rob Mancabelli, author of Personal Learning Networks, award-winner for Education Book of the Year in 2012 provided training on the advanced data platform (also known as the Clarity platform) as participants logged into their “dashboards.” Rob is the co-founder and CEO of BrightBytes.
The following represents the dashboard of the aggregate data representing all but 2 public districts, and 2 non-public districts/schools within Great Prairie. The dashboard shows scores built around the CASE Framework. The CASE framework is a research-based framework consisting of 22 known factors that determine the effectiveness of technology in improving student achievement.
Rob commented on how high the Access factors are within the Great Prairie region. I contribute this primarily to the connectivity that schools have with the ICN and with local telecommunication providers. Home access has also improved substantially over the past few years with a variety of communication providers.
Great Prairie ranks proficient in the area of Skills and Environment. Teachers and students need to have the foundational skills to navigate and use their technology devices before any other use can occur. Environment includes the factors around policies, practices and procedures along with technical support and professional development. I believe the work of the district technology coordinators and of the AEA technology and network specialists contribute to the ranking of these factors.
The Classroom area of the framework is the lowest scoring within the region and will become a focus area for GPAEA Technology Specialists for the 2013-2014 school year. The score in this area is derived from questions on the survey that focus on how much time is spent using various types of technology and on how teachers and students are presently using technology in the classroom. The 4Cs are defined as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. These are instructional attributes that engage student learning. Other factors include the use of assistive technology, the understanding of digital citizenship and assessment.
All schools within Great Prairie region will continue to have access to the survey tool, dashboard and CASE frameworks for the next year.