IT Staff & the Educational Technology
The educational technology assessments enable teachers to determine student
progress toward Washington’s standards for educational technology. Embedded into
other content areas, the activities in these assessments are classroom-based,
well guided and easy to use. They come equipped with a comprehensive inventory
of free and low-cost digital resources.
Role of Information Technology Staff
Teachers who use the assessments for educational technology will need your support:
- We provide a list of resources with each assessment — teachers should
let you know which ones they plan to use. Make sure these
sites are not blocked by the Internet filter or plan to provide
alternative digital tools that accomplish the instructional
goals of the assessment.
- Communicate with teachers any concerns you have about hardware, software, or
bandwidth issues that could affect their ability to complete the assessment.
- We recommend that you work closely with teachers during the planning
process. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about how they
will use the technology and offer ideas for effective implementation.
Assessments Build a Necessary Fluency with Technology
The assessments are designed to model best practices of instruction, including the use of technology, lesson cycle, differentiation, and student-centered learning. In addition, teachers will be able to collect and use formative and summative evidence regarding student performance on the educational technology standards.
Taken as a whole, the standards and assessments for educational technology have the potential to move teachers and students toward a necessary fluency with real-world technologies. They support engagement with the participatory dynamic of 21st century culture, in which citizenship, achievement and self-expression have an expanding digital dimension.
A multi-disciplinary group of Washington educators developed the assessments.
They represent all four corners of Washington’s geographic regions, and
demonstrate a wide range of content area and grade-level expertise. OSPI staff
are guiding the process. The educational technology assessments were developed
in response to
RCW 28A.655.075, which requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction (OSPI) to “develop or obtain” these instructional tools.