“Technology coaches conduct needs assessments, develop technology-related professional learning programs and evaluate the impact on instructional practice and student learning” (ISTE 2011).
a. Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning (ISTE 2011).
A successful school technology program engages in regular cycles of program evaluation and targeted needs assessments. Technology coaches can support this effort by “conduct[ing] needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs” (ISTE 2011).
As a Technology Integration Specialist I performed yearly technology program evaluations, as well as interim targeted needs assessments, and used the data to drive decision making about program development and professional learning. I worked with members of our school’s Technology Team to develop and administer surveys to administrators, teachers, students, and parents. I hosted focus groups to delve deeper into themes that emerged from the survey data. The information gathered helped us to make plans for short- and long-term program development, including grant applications, and for upcoming professional learning.
During my coursework in the Seattle Pacific University Digital Education Leadership Master’s Degree program, I performed a technology program evaluation for a local elementary school. I developed and administered a survey to teachers and then wrote a program evaluation/needs assessment with narratives about the themes present in the data, as well as recommendations for program development and professional learning. This experience gave them both a snapshot of their current technology program, as well as tools they could use to continue to continue to perform program evaluations and needs assessments.
You can read more about my experience in my blog post: “Program Evaluation = VIP (Very Important Practice).”
Technology coaches contribute to a technology-enhanced learning environment by leading regular technology program evaluations and needs assessments to determine opportunities for program development and professional learning.
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.