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Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning

Digital Readiness Project

I began my work with needs assessment when I started the Digital Educational Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University. At this stage in my learning, I conducted a Digital Readiness Project to understand and assess many aspects of digital learning, but primarily on Mark Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship. From this experience, I learned that the school is currently working towards the following five goals:

  • Forward thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Digital literacy
  • Network
  • Strong leadership

Additionally, the school’s vision focuses on technology curriculum, educator preparation, access to technology via funding, and addressing major challenges. My final takeaways were that:

  • System-wide cohesion of how technology integration among departments and content areas could be improved
  • Digital interaction of students with larger communities is an area of potential growth

Future Readiness: Executive Summary

More recently, I conducted a formal program evaluation to assess awareness and implementation of emerging technologies and 21st century skills in my school. This work afforded me valuable insight into professional learning opportunities at my school. From this work, I learned that many are unaware of numerous types of emerging technology. I also learned that many teachers are also using 21st century skills, but not necessarily with 21st century tools. Read my full executive summary below to see more of my work in needs assessment and to see my recommendations for future professional learning.

 

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