The above forth mentioned is fairly typical of the technological workings of the school - outdated computers used for specific purposes, frequently, for tests. The computers are often more of an obstacle to the desired result than they necessarily are an asset.
This led me towards asking the staff some basic questions about their technology use...
Through the observation of administrative supports in light of the NETS Standards, it is evident that the staff requires more leadership in the realm of technology implementation. A shared vision for how technology will be used in the school is not currently in place in order to promote rigorous use of technology.
The main area of focus for administration at the moment consists of standards 3A and 3B in which leaders, "allocate time, resources, and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration" as well as facilitate opportunities "that stimulate, nurture, and support...faculty and staff in the study and use of technology." Without administrative implementation of deliberate time and training, very little change will take place in regards to technological usage for the benefit of student learning.
Through the observation of teacher's technology usage as well as responses from the staff-wide survey, it is clear that much work is needed in order to begin addressing the NETS Standards. Teachers at the site are completely unaware of these technology standards and therefore unable to successfully implement and measure them.
The main area of focus for teachers at the site is Standard 2A which specifies that educators will "design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity." Teachers long to be able to utilize technology for more than simply testing purposes and thus engage students in the process of using technology to enhance their learning experiences.
Considering there is a lack of vision in regards to technology use at the site, it is without question as to why student use of technology is so limited. Students are well-versed in technology at home, yet lack the resources necessary at school to integrate technology as part of their learning.
After discussion with administration, it has been noted that one of the main areas that need improvement when it comes to technological advancement is the fact that students are currently only using technology as a means for testing or to engage with certain programs. As the school aims to use working technology to enhance student learning, the goal is to assist students in order to "communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital mediate appropriate to their goals." Standard 6 ensures that students are active goal setters in their integration of technology and that the tools allow them to enhance their communication skills.