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EdTech 501

Dana Fredwell

Technology Maturity Evaluation


Institution:
Michigan Ave. Academy

Demographics:
Total Enrollment 214 Asian Percent 0.50 Black Percent 40.20 Hispanic Percent 2.80 Indian Percent 1.90 White Percent 38.30 Free/Reduced Lunch (FTE) Percent 75.8 Student Population: There are currently 214 students enrolled. Students range in age from 5 to 12, serving students in grades K-6 to add grade 7 in the 2012-2013 school year. Academic Staff: There are 14 classroom teachers. Two specialists, one reading, one math. Two Title I teachers. Four specials teachers. One principal, dean of students, and one team leader.

List of Academic Programs: Classroom teachers are all self contained teaching all core subjects. Specials teachers teach P.E., Music, Art, and Library/Technology. After school community service projects are implemented as well as intramurals sports, and Girl on the Run. Description of the Schools Physical Facilities: The school is housed in a building that was erected in 1948 and owned by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. It is renovated and rented by the school. The school has 17 classrooms, a gym,

library, and main office, the gym doubles as the cafeteria during lunch with tables that fold down from the wall.

Administrative
Policy
Behavioral: Intelligent Technology policy is formalized and supported at all levels of the organization. There is a formal technology Use Plan and technology is evaluated. Resource/Infrastructure: Intelligent Technology Plan does exist and has been approved by the Department of Education Missouri and the School district

Planning
Behavioral: Intelligent School-wide comprehensive plan is evident. There are connections to other plans within the school. This plan is evaluated yearly and changes are made as the technology or budgets become available. Resource/Infrastructure: The plan has a formal evaluation from the district and school board.

Budget
Behavioral: Integrated The budget is not long-term and multiple budgets are considered, technology is high on the list of priorities. As monies increase with grants or state funding, technology is one of the first things considered in the district. Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated There is a specific technology budget in the school, other budgets also include technology

Administrative Information
Behavioral: Intelligent

The school utilizes a variety of electronic management systems for day-to-day operations including Power School for attendance, demographics, and discipline. Lesson Plans are also sent electronically to administration weekly. Resource/Infrastructure: Intelligent Administrative systems are available to all staff.

Curricular
Electronic Information
Behavioral: Intelligent Students and staff use information resources daily Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated All classrooms have a document camera, speakers, and high speed internet with wireless connectivity. Although students and staff use information resources daily there is no access to email for students, or access to You Tube and most videos. This limits staff and students.

Assessment
Behavioral: Intelligent Students and staff use technology for assessment purposes including NWEA testing to group students for RTI. Resource/Infrastructure: Intelligent Fully integrated reporting and assessment tools are available and used.

Curriculum Integration
Behavioral: Intelligent Students regularly use technology as part of their daily learning. Teachers are encouraged to incorporate technology into all subjects. Resource/Infrastructure:Intelligent

Technology, including hardware (iPads, and Laptops) and software for reading, math, and social studies are available.

Teacher Use
Behavioral: Intelligent Teacher's work is not possible without technology. Resource/Infrastructure: Intelligent All teachers are issued a laptop and have access to educational software.

Student Use
Behavioral: Integrated Students use technology frequently, but outcomes are not dependent upon use. Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated Students in fourth through sixth grade have their own personal iPad. Students in the lower grades have access to a classroom set of computers that can be checked out, so use is limited because they are shared.

Support
Stakeholder Involvement
Behavioral: Islands The groups are aware of the planning but few are engaged in the planning. Resource/Infrastructure:Emergent Few groups are represented in the planning

Administrative Support
Behavioral: Intelligent Extensive administration involvement in the planning, practice, and implementation. Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated

Some formal time and support is allocated to planning and implementing technology.

Training
Behavioral: Intelligent All staff participate and seek out technology training opportunities which are paid for by the district. Technology Professional Development is encouraged. Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated On-going training is provided by site and district resources.

Technical & Infrastructure Support


Behavioral: Integrated Tech specialist are available, but not regularly. Resource/Infrastructure: Island There is limited technical assistance. The technology teacher usually tries to troubleshoot, if that does not work we wait for our technology staff of one to come to us when he has time.

Connectivity
Local Area Networking
Behavioral: Integrated Staff use is limited to data, but is extensive and sophisticated Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated Staff use is limited to data, but is extensive and sophisticated

District Area Networking (WAN)

Behavioral: Integrated Staff use is limited to data, but is extensive and sophisticated Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated High speed access is available to all.

Internet Access
Behavioral: Integrated Most staff use the Internet frequently. Use is integrated into the curriculum Resource/Infrastructure: Intelligent High speed wireless access is available at all locations in the school.

Communication Systems
Behavioral: Integrated Email is used frequently to form administrative and learning activities. Lesson Plans are sent electronically as well as feedback. Resource/Infrastructure: Island moving to Integrated Email is available to all staff but few students.

Innovation
New Technologies
Behavioral: Integrated New technologies are accepted by most staff members. Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated Most new technologies are readily accepted by most staff there is moderate implementation. Once training happens then more staff buy into the new technologies.

Comprehensive Technologies

Behavioral: Intelligent Readily available technology 1:1 iPads in Fourth through sixth grade. Resource/Infrastructure: Integrated Available technology is used comprehensively.

Summary
The Michigan Ave. Academy does an excellent job of incorporating technology into the classroom overall. I would place this school in Integrated moving towards Intelligent in the Technology Maturity Benchmark Model. The school is open and flexible with planning and teachers help to evaluate technology in the school. Most technology was received from Grant monies written by teachers and then incorporated accordingly. Moving forward the school has been so fortunate and has had the opportunity to see technology in action, so they are very flexible and open to any new things the teachers want to try (if budgets allow). The technology is used daily by students and teachers. Teachers send all documents electronically. Students have access to high speed internet and in fourth through sixth grade participate in a 1:1 blended learning model. The lower grades have limited access to technologies but SMART boards are planned for the 2012-2013 school year and a shared set of classroom iPads for the lower grades. Teachers and students do not have access to any kind of videos found on the Web. We do have Safari Montage a searchable application with educational videos. Students do not have email which makes it hard to type up papers and print, or access applications like Evernote and Dropbox, even Google Docs. I do believe the school is ahead of most in its forward thinking and willingness to adapt to the ever changing technologies available. There is always room for improvement and I think with practice the school should be Intelligent in the Technology Maturity Benchmark Model.