Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learningISTE Coaching Standard (2014)
This year, I was part of a team conducting a program evaluation of our Microsoft Teams Pilot. I was asked to be in charge of the teacher/student observations as well as support the members of our pilot with professional development. In my blog post, Context Matters, I detailed how I observed the level of classroom use of the Teams chat. Some were very skilled, having taught their students how to communicate with each other using academic language. Others refused to allow this feature to be used and the final example that I share in the blog is of a class with a free for all approach with the tool. It was through these observations that my Needs Assessment became clear to me. I needed to focus on Digital Citizenship communication best practices, especially since this tool was going to go live later in the year.
The information that I gathered from through interviews and observations was shared with my District Admin that were overseeing the MS Teams Program Evaluation. My recommendations were acknowledged and I was asked to create new professional development with a lens of digital citizenship best practices for our district-wide roll out.