Technology & Instruction Audit
Technology should not be a hindrance to your daily operations. SFS has created the THINK program to help your school use technology more effectively.
- TECHNOLOGY should HELP teachers, administrators, support staff, and students perform their responsibilities in an efficient manner.
- It should INSPIRE staff and students to go beyond the normal curriculum to utilize NEW KNOWLEDGE that is ever changing and at their fingertips.
Technology too is ever changing – and a vital tool for students. Too often the approach to acquiring technology is that the technology itself will increase student achievement. So much time is put into logistics of hardware and software such as “Will it work on our network?”, “What image does this equipment need?”, “Can our tech department support it?”, not to mention just the physical set up, delivery and installation. However, the success of any given technology is training; not just training on how to turn it off and on, but training on how to actually use it in the classroom. How often have you heard teachers say, “I have technology but I have already been (successfully) teaching. What do I do with all this stuff?”
Integrating technology into the classroom is a process – not something that happens simply because hardware and software exist. Whether your staff is made up of new teachers, veteran teachers, or a combination of everything in between, chances are the education they received only brushed on using technology to impact student achievement. Teachers are more apt to embrace and utilize technology if they are directly supported in the classroom. Want those dollars you spent on technology to be utilized and not sit around and collect dust?
What are the advantages of a tech audit?
A tech audit can provide the district broad, objective information about the efficiency of its existing technology. Specifically, it can provide the following:
- how teachers feel about using technology
- how teachers and students actually use technology in the classrooms
- barriers that might prevent effective use of technology in the classroom
- the effectiveness of existing technology professional development
- the effect of technology related district policies on the integration of technology
- the perceived effect of building and district level leadership on technology integration in the classroom
Scope of Services
Baseline Technology Audit—Examine the current capabilities of technology within your district. (Additional work can be contracted.)
Review all documentation of a school's infrastructure and professional development.
Teacher Technology Survey
All staff with direct teaching responsibilities will take the Concerns-based Adoption Model (CBAM) to measure teachers' comfort with and use of technology. A report is generated and the findings shared with the school or district leadership team.
Teacher and Administrator Interviews
Building principals and a sample of teachers from each building in the district are interviewed to gather data about the use of technology, related professional development, and barriers that might prevent teachers from moving forward with technology integration.
Information from the document review, teacher survey, and interviews will be used to prepare a report to the school or district. This audit report provides a view of where the school or district is with regard to technology availability and use, recommendations for improvement, and action steps for moving forward.