Here is how the state of Kansas scored:
Access to Technology A-
Use of Technology B-
Capacity to use Technology C
Not too bad of a score, but there is certainly room for improvement! Capacity to use technology is the primary area needing work in our state. We do not have technology requirements for teacher or administrator certification or recertification.
Where I see the most need for improvement in my school is giving the teachers the skills to use technology to enhance what they already do. So many teachers see technology as a separate entity. It can be integrated into nearly anything, but you have to have teachers who are comfortable using it. Does this scenario sound familiar?
You go to an inservice and a new technology is introduced. The leaders of the inservice or workshop are super excited and spend 2-8 hours showing all of the cool tricks with this technology. They spend the last few minutes answering questions and send you on your way to use it. That was Friday! Come Monday, you can hardly remember the name of the technology let alone how to use it, and FORGET integration!
All too often this happens to teachers in my building. They watch someone use a technology and then are expected to go back and use it. Now I am lucky in that MOST of the time, I can pick up enough and play with it enough to figure it out. As a person who grew up with technology, it tends to come easily to me, but I know that I am among the few. Our district could do a lot more to help teachers feel comfortable with technology.
How does your district handle technology?