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Technology Challenges During Teachers' Induction Years
Part 3: What is Your School's TQ (Technology Quotient)?

The following rating scale has been modified from a questionnaire that first appeared in School Management and Planning in June 1996. To determine your school's Technology Quotient (TQ), seek out information to help you complete this activity. You may need to talk to several people including the Technology Coordinator, the Principal, your mentor teacher, and/or other colleagues in order to gather sufficient information to make an accurate assessment. In the process, however, you will gain valuable insights into how your school currently uses technology.
 
4 = Distinguished Level of Usage - This statement is very descriptive of my school. In fact, my school and/or district often serves as a resource or model for other schools.
3 = Proficient Level of Usage - This statement is fairly descriptive of my school. Many teachers use technology and are able to provide some assistance to other colleagues.
2 = Basic Level of Usage - This statement is somewhat descriptive of my school. A number of teachers have begun to use technology but are not yet confident enough to provide tips to colleagues.
1 = Needs Improvement - This statement is not at all descriptive of my school. It is very evident that we need to upgrade our skills and focus on our use of technology.
 
Use of Technology by Students and Teachers
4 3 2 1   Students at all grade levels in my school spend 40 to 90 minutes weekly using computers to create written assignments.
4 3 2 1   Students access the Internet to learn more about the cultures of students in other cities and countries.
4 3 2 1   Students in my school regularly incorporate the use of databases in their project work.
4 3 2 1   Students use presentation software to deliver reports.
4 3 2 1   Science students use electronic probeware to conduct experiments or verify scientific principles.
4 3 2 1   Math students use computers to model problem-solving strategies.
4 3 2 1   All students use spreadsheets and graphs to compare and contrast knowledge.
4 3 2 1   All students have access to electronic databases to conduct research.
4 3 2 1   Teachers acquire more than 30 hours of technology staff development annually.
4 3 2 1   Teachers are evaluated regularly on their effective use of technology.
4 3 2 1   More than 50% of the school's teachers use technology as a tool for delivery on their curricula.
4 3 2 1   The school has access to CD and videodisk collections of software to enhance basic skills learning in every classroom.
4 3 2 1   The school's technology plan is regularly updated and teachers actively participate in fulfilling and evaluating the success of its goals.
 
Note: A majority of 3 and 4 ratings means that your school has a high TQ and would place your school in the SCHOOL PREPARED category described in this booklet. To benefit you, your students, and your school, if the majority of ratings fall in the 1 and 2 category, please refer to the category labeled SCHOOL UNPREPARED.

Continue to Part 4: Teacher Prepared, School Prepared


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