TF - I Technology Operations and Concepts Narrative
I had the opportunity to gain the experience needed to help facilitate the project of providing a more efficient mechanism enabling the collection and storage of student progress by the end of the 2018-2019 academic school year using the skills I learned pertaining to project management while taking EDTC 6300 Technology Project Management.
In reference to the ISTE Technology Facilitation Standard – I (2001); its focus is on Technology Operations and Concepts: Educational technology facilitators demonstrate an in-depth understanding of technology operations and concepts. Educational technology facilitators:
A. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and understanding of concepts related to technology (as described in the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers). Candidates:
- assist teachers in the ongoing development of knowledge, skills, and understanding of technology systems, resources, and services that are aligned with district and state technology plans.
- provide assistance to teachers in identifying technology systems, resources, and services to meet specific learning needs.
B. Demonstrate continual growth in technology knowledge and skills to stay abreast of current and emerging technologies. Candidates:
- Model appropriate strategies essential to continued growth and development of the understanding of technology operations and concepts.
I started working for the Volusia County School Board back in 2001 as a Paraprofessional and then became a teacher. I was with the county for over 18 years; ten of those years as a Pre-k ESE teacher. In Pre-k ESE there were a lot of different data points we collected using multiple systems and standards. We collected data on the students’ progress of their goals and objectives listed in their Individual Educational Plan, data on their academic progress, as well as their social and emotional growth and as need data on their behavior. The teachers could create their own initial method of data collection. An example of this could be a teacher using Microsoft Word or Excel to create a data sheet. This may be unique to the teacher, or they may share the self-created data sheets among their peers. If the teacher wants to use it, they can. If not, they can create something that worked for them. Basically, whatever worked for them is how the data was collected.
EDTC 6300: Defining the Project / ISTE Standard TF-I 1A
For the current state of the County’s Pre-k monitoring and tracking student progress, a system needed to be developed to simplify and increase the efficiency of data collection. The current system was inefficient, with the teachers’ data on their students spread across multiple student information systems. Data was being collected via old school paper and pencil, electronic systems, some systems of which were required while others were optional. Teachers were required to use multiple log-in credentials depending on the system being used. They were collecting data and then transferring data to another system for analysis or storage. There was no consistency in how the data was being collected, stored, or analyzed from teacher to teacher. For seven of the ten years as a teacher with the county, we collected data the same way. During the 2017-2018 school year, I was approached to serve on a committee to streamline and unify the data being collected for the Pre-k students.
As of the 2018-2019 school year, Volusia County had 62 Pre-K teachers educating approximately 490 Pre-K students. The last few years have shown an increase with early childhood education becoming more prevalent within the school districts. For example, in the 2017-2018 school year, Volusia County had only 45 Pre-k teachers educating approximately 400 students. The committee consisted of 17 people of which 9 of them were teachers. The goals of the committee were to standardize tracking student progress using the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards, centralize student progress by using organizational designated software, and simplify tracking student progress using rubrics created by the Pre-K Report Card Committee (PRCC) based on the top 10 most important skills from Approaches to Learning, Language and Literacy, Physical Development, Mathematical Thinking, and Social-Emotional Development domains in the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards.
EDTC 6300: Detailed Planning & Execution / ISTE Standard TF-I 1A
Volusia County pre-k teachers needed a student information system allowing them to have one system to collect and store data eliminating the use of multiple log-in credentials and multiple data collection systems. As a member of the PRCC, I assisted in establishing 38 objectives to improve the data collection methodology. The PRCC reviewed the standards, refined the standards, and developed rubrics based on the selected standards.
After the all the standards had been reviewed by the committee and streamlined from a 728 page document, in addition to helping to streamline the standards, I was responsible for taking the topmost important skills from each domain in the Florida Developmental Standards for Birth to Kindergarten the committee choose to track and prepare them electronically in a format that could easily be reproduced as well as added to the database system being used to create the reports and storage of the data.
EDTC 6300: Project Execution: Monitoring & Control / ISTE Standard TF-I 1B
A training video was created and released for all the teachers to learn about the new data collection system. The new system was executed in late March of 2019. Once the teachers had an opportunity to use the system, they were provided with a link to Survey Monkey to determine how they felt about the new changes to the data collection system. Based on the results of the survey sent out modifications were made to accommodate concerns. The new system provided instant access to reports and the information they need to make changes in their instruction immediately based on growth or decline in skills. According to the Florida Department of Education Franklin’s school districts digital plan, “a key component was the implementation and integration of a system that assisted district instructional personnel and staff in the management, assessment and monitoring of student learning and performance” (2017).
Florida Department of Education. (2017).http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/12098/urlt/1516Franklin.pdf
ISTE Technology Facilitation Standards. (2001).https://worldclassroom.webster.edu/courses/1390239/pages/tf-i-technology-operations-and-concepts