I expected this to be one of my more difficult assignments due all the writing involved. When I first started, those expectations seemed confirmed. My initial thought was that two weeks wasn’t going to be enough; I would need that much time to fret over how hard it was going to be. However, once I got going, the project- while no means simple – became less daunting.
Rating each section and subsection would seem the easiest par for a numbers guy. Some of the areas fell out of my level of knowledge or expertise. Those were the Administrative and the Connectivity. In order to better understand them and accurately rate them, I talked to others at my institution.
Once the ratings were completed, I knew I had to justify them in the summary. I knew why I rated each area as I did, but communicating it in a written summary was going to be a task. I started with the easiest ones, Curricular and Support. I felt I knew these ones best as they most pertained to my position. As I completed each section, I had more faith in my ability to do the others.
Upon reading the summaries of others, I discovered that I was not alone in feeling that we are not utilizing technology efficiently. Many classmates shared similar feelings of frustration with their schools’ technology standing. In some ways, I began to realize that my school was even ahead of many others in some ways. We have Promethean Boards that allow for much application of technology. We have more access for students to computers.
My initial reason for seeking a Masters of Educational Technology was to be able to better use technology in the class room. After this first course, I believe it would be more beneficial to convince my school to develop a technology department that could support the teaching staff. That would require being able to convey the necessity of such a department through a process much like this evaluation. I believe that I have gotten a start in that direction. Hopefully, by the time I graduated, I will have a finish to go with that start.