Technology Resources

Question: I am starting a new position in our School District as Technology Trainer, and I'm trying to come up with a test to find out the level of teachers' technology expertise. Where should I start?

The IT Guy says:
Profiler is a solid tool for conducting online assessments of district staff technology skills (http://profiler.hprtec.org/). It is a free, web-based self-assessment tool, and works best with a limited group. You can use the feedback to visually as well as statistically identify areas of need, for technology training or other purposes. Another superb tool is the TAGLIT (Taking a Good Look at Instructional Technology) available on http://www.taglit.org/. The TAGLIT is a more comprehensive assessment tool for a campus or district to use. It is required for all participants in the Texas Leadership Academy, sponsored primarily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Both Profiler and TAGLIT have technology survey tools specifically geared toward education. Generic, free online survey tools are also available, like Opinion Power. These tools are of less utility for technology skill testing. Another excellent resource is the Blueprints CD-ROM, available for free and developed by the Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortia and the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse as a toolkit for designing and facilitating professional development (http://www.ncrel.org/tools/bp/).

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