Power-Up Tuesday Follow Up
Hebron High School BrightBytes Gallery Walk [2.9.16]
All day teachers repeatedly mentioned digital citizenship & a student technology support team. As you read below, I encourage you to watch for those themes.
What is BrightBytes?
BrightBytes replaced the STAR Chart technology survey. It is used to gather information about technology use in the district. The eight reports below were generated from student, teacher, and parent responses to the BrightBytes surveys.
"BrightBytes gathers ideas from the best experts in the world, and creates evidence-based frameworks that are combined with world-class research and analysis from your school or region, giving you the tools to understand and quickly improve student learning outcomes. Our solutions are specifically designed to address the unique needs of educational leaders globally. Our flagship platform, called Clarity, makes analysis simple, fun and actionable." This allows districts to "determine whether the technology [they're] buying is improving learning outcomes, and focus on the things that matter most."
- ...noticed that HHS students have high online skills, but most do not believe that it enhances learning.
- ...noticed that across the district, students feel that digital citizenship skills training is lacking & do not feel they are being taught how to be responsible on the internet.
- ...noticed (and were surprised) that kids rated foundational skills low.
- ...noticed HHS has the highest research/business tech skills (foundational and online) but the lowest tech vocational skills (multimedia).
- ...noticed HHS scored higher overall in confidence with solving tech problems.
- ...noticed that HHS students use online skills more often & have higher skills that LISD & East Zone.
- ...wonder why our students rated their foundation skills low.
- ...wonder why HHS does not feel that technology enhances daily life.
- ...wonder why the students can fix their tech and do not feel it enhances their life.
- ...wonder if we use more time in digital citizenship skills, would that improve their belief in using technology for learning?
- ...wonder why students find it easier to record/edit videos than perform basic foundational skills.
- ...wonder if the lack of basic computing skills inhibits their ability to master the content. If so, how?
- ...like that our students appear to be very versatile in their learning.
- ...noticed HHS staff is less knowledgeable about digital citizenship skills than LISD or East Zone.
- ...noticed that HHS teachers have a lower belief in technology enhancing learning.
- ...noticed that across the district, there is a low interest in tech training, regardless of perceived skill level.
- ...noticed across the board, 25% of teachers don't feel confident about their basic technology skills.
- ...noticed that there is still a debate on the usage of technology and its effectiveness in the classroom.
- ...noticed that HHS has the lower confidence with technology & lower digital citizenship skills that East Zone & LISD.
- ...noticed that teachers express an interest in multimedia skills for PD more than any other tech skill.
- ...noticed that 74% of teachers feel confident using technology in the classroom; however, only 49$ of teachers find tasks like recording video and audio easy to perform.
- ...wonder who is responsible for teaching digital citizenship.
- ...wonder why HHS teachers do not express as much interest in tech PD as the rest of the district.
- ...wonder how much PUT has impacted the way we feel about tech & in what way.
- ...wonder why teachers feel they have fewer online skills.
- ...wonder if we are "saturating" HHS with too many online skills trainings & creating a negative interest in it.
- ...like that teachers are interested in improving multimedia skills.
Infrastructure at Home
- ...noticed that 90% of all LISD staff & students have access to tech & internet at home.
- ...noticed that more students share less tech devices than teachers.
- ...noticed that HHS students have a higher percentage of access to devices & internet compared to the rest of the district.
- ...noticed that 97% of students have tech/internet at home (so we wonder why their homework isn't being done).
- ...noticed that while most students have access to a computer and internet at home, half share a device so may not always have immediate access.
- ...noticed 10% of teachers are not taking their device home.
- ...wonder why we still have students not doing online homework.
- ...wonder why we are obsessed with technology and aren't seeing increase in our test scores.
- ...like that most people at HHS have access to internet at home.
- ...wonder if student sharing devices at home cuts into homework time.
- ...wonder what kind of devices students have access to at home.
- ...wonder why with 1:1, these numbers are not 100%.
Infrastructure at School
- ...noticed the majority of students have tech, so we can possibly go paperless.
- ...noticed a high percentage of teacher have access to computers.
- ...noticed HHS is the highest in 3 of 4 categories!
- ...noticed HHS has the highest quality internet speed as reported by teachers.
- ...noticed almost all teachers can get devices for students across the board.
- ...noticed that student to computer ratio at HHS is better compared to both EZ & LISD.
- ...wonder why internet connection is not as stable if it's "so fast" - always getting knocked off.
- ...wonder if teachers are reporting issues with connectivity & speed.
- ...wonder what would happen if teacher had access to a smaller number of computers all of the time.
- ...like big internet, and I cannot not lie. I wonder if the other schools can deny...
- ...like that we can access the internet on campus whenever needed.
21st Century Learning
- ...noticed that LISD is in the lower quartile regarding online writing.
- ...noticed over half the teachers ask students to complete monthly online assessments.
- ...noticed that most students have tech but are not completing assignments online most of the time.
- ...noticed HHS has a higher percentage of students asked to collaborate online.
- ...noticed we require more use of technology at school than at home.
- ...noticed less assistive tech is used at HHS.
- ...noticed HHS has a higher percentage of students that collaborate online, write online, and problem solve online than EZ & LISD.
- ...noticed that the percentage of teachers teaching Digital Citizenship is much lower than the percentage using technology overall.
- ...noticed that HHS has very little digital citizenship awareness.
- ...noticed HHS students are asked to solve problems using technology at a higher rate than the rest of LISD.
- ...wonder if we are getting our students ready for the real world.
- ...wonder if parents & administrators know how often teachers at HHS are using tech.
- ...wonder if teachers teach digital citizenship, if they will use technology more doubting the integrity of online student work less.
- ...wonder if students were asked if they wanted to do some of this stuff online.
- ...wonder what would happen if we clearly defined digital citizenship so that it could be effectively taught.
- ...wonder if HHS know more about digital citizenship, so we have to teach it less.
- ...wonder what digital citizenship means...
- ...wonder why we don't have a technology elective that focuses on digital citizenship, credibility, and search proficiency (maybe paired with another 9 week class).
- ...wonder who we should teach digital citizenship.
- ...wonder why more teachers don't like using online resources.
- ...like that students can annotate on digital work.
- ...noticed that HHS has the lowest rated tech support.
- ...noticed that 3/4 of teachers rate the quality of devices as excellent.
- ...noticed that teacher rating for tech support is lower than we thought.
- ...noticed the percentage of teachers who feel they have adequate technology seems low.
- ....noticed on average 75% of teachers in the district feel they can fix technology problems they encounter.
- ...noticed that half of teachers are having their instruction disrupted by technology problems.
- ...noticed that HHS receives the highest percentage of tech planning support. Awesome!
- ...noticed that HHS has a quicker response from instructional technology than the rest.
- ...wonder why tech support is perceived as being poor across the district.
- ...wonder if more tech personnel would equal higher tech support satisfaction.
- ...wonder what would happen if we had a student technology support team... maybe during block lunch... we like this idea! ...wonder why we haven't done this.
- ...wonder how we can improve overall tech support to match numbers in EZ.
- ...wonder if more students and teachers could be trained in technology support to minimize disruptions.
- ...like that HHS teachers quickly get instructional technology support.
- ...like our system of tech support!
- ...noticed that HHS teachers feel the least recognized for tech use (biggest discrepancy).
- ...noticed that HHS is low in positives & high in negatives. particularly in recognition.
- ...noticed that tech is a big part of our observations.
- ...noticed that technology is discussed over half the time.
- ...noticed the numbers are fairly consistent across the board.
- ...noticed that while it feels we receive more technology training in comparison we feel less recognized for the efforts.
- ...noticed that the internet filters are set at appropriate levels.
- ...noticed that department meetings talk about technology more than 50% of the time.
- ...noticed only 20% believe internet filters inhibit teaching/learning.
- ...wonder why teachers are blocked.
- ...wonder why recognition in technology is important.
- ...wonder why it is important to feel recognized.
- ...wonder where the line is between personal and professional social media use.
- ...wonder why at HHS the teacher don't feel recognized for using tech more of the time.
- ...wonder if technology is being utilized to enhance learning in LISD.
- ...wonder if we improve the filter quality, if more learning would occur.
- ...wonder why almost 10% more of teachers in LISD overall feel more recognized for use tech than we do at HHS.
- ...wonder how we could recognize HHS teachers using technology... wonder what kind of recognition teacher want.
Report for Parents
- ...noticed that at HHS a lower percentage of teachers believe technology enhances learning despite the higher level of training & availability district/zone-wide.
- ...noticed data shows that HHS students have higher classroom access to computers, but fewer HHS teachers see value of tech in education compared to teachers in EZ.
- ...noticed despite the highest tech education for teachers, HHS believe it has the lowest effectiveness.
- ...wonder why students use technology as an excuse not to do/finish work, yet 80% have constant access to tech.
- ...wonder if there is too much technology emphasized in the classroom.
- ...wonder why HHS receives more training in technology yet fewer teachers believe it enhances learning.
- ...wonder if the district believes tech is the most important teaching tool.
- ...wonder how we can tap into tech knowledge of students.
- ...wonder how we can quantify technology success in the classroom.
- ...wonder why HHS teachers don't think tech enhances learning.
- ...wonder if student to computer ratio includes iPads.
- ...wonder why parents don't know how much time teachers spend learning new tech.
- ...like that the students at HHS feel they have a better ratio of student to computer.
- ...like that we receive more training than others.