EdTech Align - Easy way to gauge your proficiency level for technology integration.

A Guide to Interpretation of Your EdTech Align Scores

EdTech Align is a survey instrument designed to analyze teachers’ degrees of proficiency for integrating technology into their teaching practice. The following is your edtech proficiency report based on your responses to the survey items. This report contains graphical information and improvement tips. You can utilize the customized report and get advice for being a successful technology-savvy teacher.

General Information

Name: Demo Nadeau
E-mail: student17@demo.edu
Age: 36 - 45
Gender: Female
Date / Time: 2017-06-17 18:10:51

Your EdTech Align scores at a Glance

Educational Technology Proficiency
Five Dimensions
Your Scores Recommended Level
1. CREATIVITY 75 (low edtech proficiency) 87
2. CITIZENSHIP 81 (moderate edtech proficiency) 85
3. DIGITAL LITERACY 94 (high edtech proficiency) 87
4. PEDAGOGY 86 (moderate edtech proficiency) 88
5. LEADERSHIP 75 (moderate edtech proficiency) 83

1. CREATIVITY

CREATIVITY and technology are intertwined concepts that enhance engagement and promote critical thinking skills. Using emerging technology in the classroom can improve differentiation so all students learn at their own level. Multimedia technologies allow for authentic real-world problems to make learning relatable. Additionally, a creative and immersive lesson motivates students to learn and can result in a better-managed classroom. Embracing your creativity through the use of technology will make a measurable difference in your classroom environment and the learning outcomes of your students.

Your CREATIVITY score is 75 (low edtech proficiency), meaning you have a foundational understanding of creativity. You utilize technology when required but may overlook opportunities to incorporate creative experiences. Lack of creativity can result in lower student outcomes, decreased motivation, unengaged students, and classroom management concerns.

CREATIVITY strategies for low edtech proficiency teachers:
  • Differentiate lesson content with interactive multimedia (e.g., videos, links, images, graphics, etc.);
  • Use the internet to provide real-world examples;
  • Invite virtual guest speakers to present in classrooms;
  • Use a computer or mobile device for interactive learning games to check for comprehension (e.g., Kahoot, Quizizz);
  • Develop engaging slideshow presentations (e.g., Pear Deck, Nearpod);
  • Integrate a learning management system to publish materials, multimedia resources, and online quizzes (e.g., Google Classroom, Moodle, Blackboard);
  • Use interactive displays for classroom activities;
  • Gather digital artifacts to use in student choice boards;
  • Use online calendars to manage deadlines and scaffold projects.

2. CITIZENSHIP

The CITIZENSHIP dimension measures your competency level in teaching digital citizenship to your students. Digital citizenship is about more than online safety. It’s about creating thoughtful, empathetic digital citizens who can wrestle with important ethical questions at the intersection of technology and humanity. As a teacher, you could help students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world. Meanwhile, you could encourage students to apply critical thinking to all the media they use and consume; and to learn how to evaluate all these things ethically and effectively.

Your CITIZENSHIP score is 81 (moderate edtech proficiency), meaning you realize the importance of online etiquette and encourage students to evaluate the information they’re consuming and to navigate the web responsibly. You also guide students to explore ethical issues related to educational technology.

CITIZENSHIP strategies for moderate edtech proficiency teachers:
  • Employ case-study instructional strategies;
  • Utilize an AI plagiarism detection tool;
  • Assign students a project to research and present on digital citizenship topics (e.g., online safety, plagiarism, fair use, copyright, creative commons);
  • Review creative commons resources with students for multimedia projects;
  • Provide a helper buddy for a student with assistive technology;
  • Present an expert in diversity and inclusion via video conferencing;
  • Establish a pen pal program with a classroom in a different country via a communications technology;
  • Moderate an online discussion about how cultural differences have strength and value;
  • Encourage students to record video diaries of their family’s cultural practices to share and discuss.

3. DIGITAL LITERACY

The DIGITAL LITERACY dimension measures your fluency in a digital society - both how you use and teach it. Much of the communication and information in our daily lives is facilitated by computer devices and the Internet. Navigating the contents of the internet - including news, multimedia, and social media - requires users to access, interact, discern, evaluate, learn, and create digital information safely and intelligently. Digital literacy involves critical thinking and combines technological and cognitive skill sets as you utilize edtech and research, create, evaluate, and communicate information.

Your DIGITAL LITERACY score is 94 (high edtech proficiency), indicating you are advanced in how you navigate and stay safe when using the internet and digital resources. You not only teach your students to use the internet, but you empower them to be digitally literate. You are also a resource at your institution and provide your expertise to your peers and model digital literacy best practices.

DIGITAL LITERACY strategies for high edtech proficiency teachers:
  • Offer your expertise as a resource to others to help with technology questions or issues;
  • Train students to act as technology supports within the classroom;
  • Encourage students to create their own technology troubleshooting solution tutorial videos;
  • Evaluate sources while researching to assess their perspective/motive;
  • Create evaluative rubrics for reviewing the accuracy of online content;
  • Teach students how to design algorithm-based passwords;
  • Teach students about using active virus scan software;
  • Teach students how to use a VPN;
  • Install kid-safe internet browsers on classroom computers and teaching students how to use them;
  • Model how to protect personal metadata.

4. PEDAGOGY

The PEDAGOGY dimension centers on the purposeful and effective integration of technology into professional practice for face-to-face, hybrid, and fully-online learning. This dimension measures how you leverage technology for teaching, learning, collaboration, productivity, and communication. Improving the integration of technology into your pedagogy requires lifelong learning, and often involves research, trial and error, reflection, learning from others, and sharing your technological pedagogical expertise with the larger community.

Your PEDAGOGY score is 86 (moderate edtech proficiency), indicating you try to purposefully integrate technology into your instruction by utilizing web-based learning materials, learning management systems, and edtech tools. You analyze the resources and tools you use in order to integrate high-quality technologies into your instruction. You also seek to continually improve your technology-integrated pedagogy by attending professional conferences and seeking feedback from technology leaders.

PEDAGOGY strategies for moderate edtech proficiency teachers:
  • Use technology purposefully;
  • Encourage students to utilize synchronous collaborative editing tools for projects;
  • Publish instructional content with cloud storage;
  • Teach students how to share documents using cloud productivity tools;
  • Use synchronous collaborative editing tools in the classroom;
  • Evaluate digital resources for pacing, lesson objective alignment, and ability levels;
  • Evaluate different resources to determine the best fit for filling a technology need in your classroom;
  • Seek out a technology tool that modifies or augments what you are doing in the classroom with a non-digital tool;
  • Distribute an online classroom newsletter;
  • Conduct parent/guardian conferences with a video conferencing tool
  • Host summative objective tests online;
  • Use the quiz function within a learning management system;
  • Perform formative game-based quizzing online;
  • Build your own quiz questions for an online quiz tool;
  • Develop corrective feedback;
  • Create digital rubrics for student assessments;
  • Import assessment data into a learning management system;
  • Use performance data to group students;
  • Observe other teachers’ classrooms to learn how to better integrate technology;
  • Participate in technology professional conferences;
  • Schedule an observation with your technology specialist;
  • Develop a fallback unplugged activity/lesson plan for when technology fails;
  • Develop a toolbelt of technology alternatives for when an edtech tool/digital resource does not cooperate.

5. LEADERSHIP

The LEADERSHIP dimension measures your ability to advance the edtech competencies of other professionals at your institution. Effective leaders research and share best practices with their colleagues, advocate for equitable access to resources, and collaborate with decision-makers to influence educational technology policy and manage innovation diffusion.

Your LEADERSHIP score is 75 (moderate edtech proficiency), indicating you participate in research and management activities that inform decision makers about educational technology initiatives. You model best educational technology practices informally to your colleagues and are an active member of professional communities in the field.

LEADERSHIP strategies for moderate edtech proficiency teachers:
  • Participate in a professional development or professional conference opportunity;
  • Volunteer to serve on a school technology committee;
  • Share social media posts about edtech;
  • Curate and share a list of edtech resources for other educators;
  • Perform action research;
  • Consult with experts on management;
  • Conduct a needs assessment with stakeholders;
  • Collect data on an equitable access issue (e.g., self-study);
  • Advocate to administration for equitable access solutions for edtech;
  • Design inclusive edtech learning materials;
  • Collaborate on designing professional development with colleagues;
  • Perform a needs assessment and design professional development accordingly.