Workshop: Teck Check: Evaluating Technology Use in Your District
Ever wonder how your district compares to others in its technology use? Using five checklists, participants will complete a short but comprehensive assessment of technology implementation in their districts. From infrastructure to professional development to student skills, this workshop will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. The end result will be a plan prioritizing your efforts to make sure technology is making a difference to your staff and students.

PPT for workshop

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Each of five major areas of technology goal setting will be explored using a set of simple checklists found here:
  • For Established Infrastructure
  • For Effective Administration
  • For Extensive Resources
  • For Enhanced Teaching
  • For Empowered Students

Participants will understand the hierarchical, interdependent relationship of these areas, learn best practices in each, and evaluate their district in meeting goals in each area using online tools. An extensive set of useful resources that schools can use and modify- surveys, rubrics, and diagrams - will be shared.


What Should Technology be Doing in Your School: A Brainstorming Guide

PLSA: Probability of of Large Scale Adoption Rubric

Maslow and Motherboards: Taking a Hierarchical View of Technology Planning

Upgrading District Infrastructure, EPIC-ED, Aug 13

District Data Systems chart (November 2013)

iLearn: Mankato's 1:1 iPad project


Mankato long-range goals and objectives

Administrative planning guide

CODE 77 Rubrics

Danielson and technology use (rubrics)
Danielson and technology (look fors)

An attitude assessment tool

13 Point Library/Media Program Checklist for Building Administrators

K-12 Information and technology benchmarks

ISD77's Student Portfolio template

Your Goals
As a GoogleDoc

List at least one goal under each category that is immediate. One that should be done in 2-5 years. One that is long-term.

Goal One - Student Learning and Technology

2-5 years

Long term.

Goal Two - Staff use of technology

2-5 years

Long term.

Goal Three - Access to resources using technology

2-5 years

Long term.

Goal Four - Technology for administration, record-keeping and communication

2-5 years

Long term.

Goal Five - Infrastructure that is reliable, adequate, and secure

2-5 years

Long term.

Written comments about this workshop:

  • … I used your framework to hold my ideas together. Your models helped a great deal. I suspect this framework will serve my school and me well into the future. It really made a difference.
  • Prior to attending the conference, I had identified the various elements that you address in the hierarchy, but my thoughts about them were scattered. Your presentation helped me see a logical way to organize the various issues that need to be addressed in planning for technology implementation in schools.
  • Just a note to tell you how much I appreciated your witty and insightful observations into this world of educational technology. Your workshops were probably the most informative for me over the two days that I attended. Your workshop materials postings on your web page were helpful too.
  • The information is so practical and with the handouts and website readily accessible to use immediately.
  • An excellent help in helping us know what to do once we have the technology.
  • I was really impressed with your keynote and breakout sessions, and I have started making changes to our tech plan, our professional development, our Web site, and other aspects of our tech integration.
  • Doug’s emphasis is on educational goals being the driving force behind technology decisions - a message that our district needs to hear more often and more emphatically.
  • Advice from someone who obviously has “hands-on” knowledge of what it takes to make technology and integral part of the the school curriculum.