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GUILFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS: VIRTUAL LEARNING & MEDIA SERVICES

Media Specialist Survey Results Technology Proficiency, Wants, & Needs Collected & Reported by: Amy Todd

2011

WASHINGTON ST ANNEX


1. Please select your area:

Response Percent

Advanced Learner Facilitator

0.0%

0

Induction Support Coach

0.0%

0

K-8 Curriculum Specialist

0.0%

0

K-8 Media Specialist

68.9%

51

9-12 Curriculum Specialist

0.0%

0

9-12 Media Specialist

27.0%

20

School Administrator

0.0%

0

Other

4.1%

3

Response Count

2. Please select your age range Response Percent

Response Count

21-30

4.1%

3

31-40

21.6%

16

41-50

27.0%

20

50+

47.3%

3. Please select your highest level of education:

Response Percent

35

Response Count

Bachelors

1.4%

1

Bachelors +

5.4%

4

Masters

62.2%

46

Masters +

27.0%

20

4.1%

3

PhD or EdD


4. Please select the stage that best describes your adoption of technology:

Response Percent

Response Count

Stage 1: Awareness--I am aware that technology exists but have not used it; perhaps I'm even avoiding it.

1.4%

1

Stage 2: Learning the process--I am currently trying to learn the basics. I am sometimes frustrated using computers. I lack confidence when using computers.

1.4%

1

Stage 3: Understanding and application --I am beginning to understand the process of using technology and can think of specific tasks in which it might be useful.

1.4%

1

Stage 4: Familiarity and confidence--I am gaining a sense of confidence in using the computer for specific tasks. I am starting to feel comfortable using the computer.

2.7%

2

Stage 5: Adaptation to other contexts--I think about the computer as a tool to help me and am no longer concerned about it as technology. I can use it in many applications and as an instructional aid.

41.9%

31

Stage 6: Creative application to new contexts--I can apply what I know about technology in the classroom. I am able to use it as an instructional tool and integrate it into the curriculum.

51.4%

38

5. Please rate your current abilities in using the following instructional technologies:

Unfamiliar to me

Not Proficient

Slightly Proficient

Average/ Moderate

Above Average Proficiency

Highly skilled

Interwrite Mobis

49.2% (32)

24.6% (16)

9.2% (6)

15.4% (10)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

Interwrite Workspace

32.3% (21)

24.6% (16)

16.9% (11)

21.5% (14)

3.1% (2)

1.5% (1)

ExamView

60.0% (39)

16.9% (11)

16.9% (11)

4.6% (3)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

eBeam Interact

38.5% (25)

36.9% (24)

12.3% (8)

6.2% (4)

6.2% (4)

0.0% (0)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

30.8% (20)

35.4% (23)

24.6% (16)

GPS/Geocaching

43.1% (28)

26.2% (17)

16.9% (11)

7.7% (5)

4.6% (3)

1.5% (1)

Lego Mindstorms (NXT)

83.1% (54)

10.8% (7)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

Digital Cameras


5. Please rate your current abilities in using the following instructional technologies:

Google Apps (Earth)

20.0% (13)

16.9% (11)

18.5% (12)

24.6% (16)

15.4% (10)

4.6% (3)

Google Apps (Docs)

18.5% (12)

23.1% (15)

13.8% (9)

21.5% (14)

13.8% (9)

9.2% (6)

Google Apps (Groups)

29.2% (19)

30.8% (20)

16.9% (11)

9.2% (6)

7.7% (5)

6.2% (4)

Google Apps (Spreadsheets)

30.8% (20)

21.5% (14)

16.9% (11)

9.2% (6)

12.3% (8)

9.2% (6)

Google Apps (Search)

27.7% (18)

13.8% (9)

9.2% (6)

9.2% (6)

21.5% (14)

18.5% (12)

Google Apps (Calendar)

32.3% (21)

21.5% (14)

10.8% (7)

12.3% (8)

9.2% (6)

13.8% (9)

Google Apps (Talk)

40.0% (26)

32.3% (21)

10.8% (7)

10.8% (7)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

Google Apps (Video)

41.5% (27)

27.7% (18)

12.3% (8)

10.8% (7)

4.6% (3)

3.1% (2)

Googlios (Google ePortoflios)

60.0% (39)

23.1% (15)

9.2% (6)

6.2% (4)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

Apple iPods

26.2% (17)

12.3% (8)

13.8% (9)

15.4% (10)

20.0% (13)

12.3% (8)

Apple Apps (for iPhones)

32.3% (21)

24.6% (16)

13.8% (9)

4.6% (3)

15.4% (10)

9.2% (6)

Apple Apps (for ipods/iPads)

32.3% (21)

21.5% (14)

15.4% (10)

6.2% (4)

13.8% (9)

10.8% (7)

iTunes

16.9% (11)

10.8% (7)

21.5% (14)

16.9% (11)

18.5% (12)

15.4% (10)

eBooks

10.8% (7)

13.8% (9)

15.4% (10)

30.8% (20)

16.9% (11)

12.3% (8)

WebQuests

21.5% (14)

12.3% (8)

15.4% (10)

27.7% (18)

12.3% (8)

10.8% (7)

VoiceThreads

52.3% (34)

18.5% (12)

6.2% (4)

12.3% (8)

9.2% (6)

1.5% (1)

Vocaroo

75.4% (49)

6.2% (4)

6.2% (4)

6.2% (4)

6.2% (4)

0.0% (0)

Creaza

89.2% (58)

4.6% (3)

1.5% (1)

3.1% (2)

1.5% (1)

0.0% (0)

Livebinders

84.6% (55)

7.7% (5)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

4.6% (3)

1.5% (1)

Photo Story

50.8% (33)

12.3% (8)

15.4% (10)

12.3% (8)

3.1% (2)

6.2% (4)

Storybird

70.8% (46)

9.2% (6)

10.8% (7)

6.2% (4)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

Glogster

44.6% (29)

12.3% (8)

16.9% (11)

13.8% (9)

10.8% (7)

1.5% (1)

Stixy/Wallwisher

86.2% (56)

9.2% (6)

1.5% (1)

1.5% (1)

1.5% (1)

0.0% (0)

Scribblar

87.7% (57)

7.7% (5)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

0.0% (0)

Diigo

67.7% (44)

3.1% (2)

7.7% (5)

9.2% (6)

9.2% (6)

3.1% (2)


5. Please rate your current abilities in using the following instructional technologies:

Wiggio

89.2% (58)

6.2% (4)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

0.0% (0)

Vokis

70.8% (46)

4.6% (3)

6.2% (4)

4.6% (3)

7.7% (5)

6.2% (4)

Prezi

49.2% (32)

12.3% (8)

10.8% (7)

13.8% (9)

7.7% (5)

6.2% (4)

Ahead

89.2% (58)

6.2% (4)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

0.0% (0)

Wikis

7.7% (5)

23.1% (15)

21.5% (14)

24.6% (16)

15.4% (10)

7.7% (5)

21.5% (14)

13.8% (9)

15.4% (10)

24.6% (16)

15.4% (10)

9.2% (6)

YouTube

4.6% (3)

10.8% (7)

20.0% (13)

29.2% (19)

24.6% (16)

10.8% (7)

Facebook

12.3% (8)

15.4% (10)

12.3% (8)

18.5% (12)

18.5% (12)

23.1% (15)

Twitter

21.5% (14)

30.8% (20)

15.4% (10)

9.2% (6)

12.3% (8)

10.8% (7)

Edmodo

78.5% (51)

7.7% (5)

6.2% (4)

1.5% (1)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

Schoology

92.3% (60)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

1.5% (1)

Symbaloo

93.8% (61)

3.1% (2)

3.1% (2)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

0.0% (0)

Wimba

27.7% (18)

21.5% (14)

27.7% (18)

10.8% (7)

9.2% (6)

3.1% (2)

Moodle

32.3% (21)

18.5% (12)

23.1% (15)

15.4% (10)

9.2% (6)

1.5% (1)

Gaggle

26.2% (17)

18.5% (12)

12.3% (8)

21.5% (14)

15.4% (10)

6.2% (4)

TeacherTube

6. What types of training sessions on technology have been the most beneficial to you?

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6. What types of training sessions on technology have been the most beneficial to you?

Gaggle Moodle, Gaggle ones that involve hands-on time to apply what I've learned rather than group demonstrations Session in which I actually have a chance to use the technology rather than just sitting and listening to someone talk about it. Master teacher Intel training, Moodle, gaggle Gaggle, Microsoft Office practical applications- things we have access to that we can actually use in the classroom; Achievement Series; Gaggle, Moodle; ones where the facilitator listens to what our needs are instead of just trying to teach their agenda Using document camera has been helpful recently. Usually I learn about the technology at a conference or through reading, then I work with it until I understand it. I had QTL training a number of years ago, which was wonderful. Other than that, practical training on specific tools has been most helpful. Examples are CPS, SchoolCenter, etc. Gaggle, Moodle I like real use demonstrations relevant to my particular audience. e-beams, Smart Boards Hands-on at Washington St project based; teach and practice destiny system SchoolCenter, Moodle, Wimba -- anything very hands on that allows time for participants to practice and create -- something I can return to school and share with teachers to use immediately Gaggle, Prezi, Azimoto, webdesign, NCWISE Sessions where the trainer got you started, let you "do", and was available when you hit snags. Office 10 I have actually been working on my Masters program through a Distance Ed. program with ECU. Much of my course work has required me to utilize a lot of technology collaboration programs. That has forced me to utilize technology so that I have become very adept at it. I have not found many GCS technology training sessions very helpful b/c I feel pretty comfortable with technology already. Conference sessions where we can apply what we see while on-site. Small group, during day. Hands-on training. I've only gone to webmaster training training sessions in which I leave with a product I can use with my staff or students Fottett Training on the newest technology so we can keep up with what is out-there, but also training that allows hands-on to work with new equipment, software and websites to learn how the actually function. Sessions on programs I use daily--Outlook, Word Training on new technology as it comes to our school INTEL Master Teacher Training for Media Specialists that some of us just completed with Gail Holmes on March 2, 2011. Four (4) day-long sessions over 5 weeks. Real training. What training sessions? Workshops with hands-on help where we are not rushed and are allowed time on our to play with the new information. Ones that show integration of newer technologies. Gaggle Online through Moodle The Webmaster work days have been helpful.


6. What types of training sessions on technology have been the most beneficial to you?

Hands on using equipment or programs. Ones that can be utilized right away. I like hands on -- learn a little, practice a little. Typically full-day sessions have been fairly useful. In the past, I've had training on Destiny and unitedstreaming that were fairly in-depth and hands-on and I've found them to be the most productive. hands-on with examples of applications hands on, sessions that are taught like we would teach a real class. How to teach with certain technologies. Instructor driven with hands on practice. Specific programs such as WORD, EXCEL, PageMAker Day-long sessions that focus on useful tools for classroom instruction. Any Hands-On hands-on How to use gaggle and ebpards Must be hands-on Gaggle short overviews held at our school School Center Discovery Streaming Admin training Intel training and any training specific to media specialists Things that are hands on with our equipment in our building

7. What types of technology training sessions have not been helpful to you?

None I'm currently in an Educational Technology and Media degree program. The bulk of my training is derived from college. I don't learn nearly so much if I'm not able to interact with the material being shown. See above. Microsoft 2010 and never trained on windows 7 N/A MS Office 2007; Triumph SAT; Can;t think of one not helpful. The ones presented by Software Support people at the district level. To my knowledge, I never worked with Donna Martin, but my faculty members have asked me not to schedule further sessions with district trainers since they find the trainers out of sync with their needs. The only effective training we have had has been from our regional person. She has done workshops at my request, and faculty members have been pleased with her presentations. Anything too theoretical or involving technologies not available on GCS computers . Word, Excel I do not like to have a manual read to me. N/A It's not as helpful to meet at individual schools. straight teaching only when I do something and then don't use it; example, I did a spreadsheet workshop long time ago, but then didn't spreadsheet anything for years, and now struggle with it cause I


7. What types of technology training sessions have not been helpful to you?

still rarely use it but would love to use it better! Training that is primarily lecture and demonstration rather than hands-on practice -technologies that require additional equipment, since there is litte funding to actually purchase items None Training sessions where you sit and watch instead of do. None I do not like it when it is not "hands on". I have sat in trainings where the instructor would not allow us to move ahead or at our own pace, but would lock the screens and babble through 80 clicks before unlocking so we can try it. I find that incredibly frustrating and unhelpful. I can understand that there is a step by step process but we cannot retain 80 clicks. If someone is going to lock a screen, move about 5 steps at a time, then allow us to try it. Most have been helpful. Large group, watching a screen while someone else manipulates the computer. ones that aren't hands on sessions that I can not apply to my school Wherever a presenter reads a powerpoint presentation to me. I always learn something, but it is most helpful if sessions are broken down into small enough content to allow time to explore and talk with other participants about their experience with different options. Things I or my teachers don't need to use Any that are rushed and don't give time for application. What training sessions? Workshops where we are rushed and given little time to play with the new information. Idk School Center None The ones that do not cover new ground and repeat previously learned information. Sessions without follow-up. I took a class on wikis and never could get in contact with the instructor to ask questions. Ones that are still not working well. I do not like sitting and listening about a tool -- I want to get my hands on it. Brief introductory sessions. We have had large group meetings to see the features of certain devices (the e-beam for instance) but I have never had any hands-on training. most - introduced, practice a couple hours, come back to school and never use straight powerpoint/presentations with no opportunity to use the technology, presenters who don't really seem to know the material ? Most everything I have taken has been useful. Moodle Sessions that assume I have no background knowledge. Listening to someone talk for 1 1/2 days before touching a computer or trying any of the applications. Ones where instructor isn't well prepared/organized; where instructor mainly talks; instructor is arrogant; instructor assigns work like project-based instruction, assuming a Media Spec has never taught. wimba - it is hard to hear Sitting and watching someone else and just listening all have been helpful several day sessions in summer or at a time that we will not have direct use immediately not sure I think I have learned something new at all of them, but in general the sessions are too long. all tech training has been good Anything where we watch a demo but don't get to touch!


8. Currently, what are your most important needs with respect to technology training? Please be specific if possible. Include the materials/resources at your school that you have.

Moodle We are given tools to use but we do not have the physical tools/budget to utilize it in on campus. We've had several speakers this year for web 2.0. Most of my teachers are doing pretty well. I have a few who still ask for help with Powerpoint, and could use sessions in that, but some are trying out Prezi or Vuvox instead. As our school is able to get more technology, training will become important. Training on using CPS in classroom New Computers that support Windows 2010, Ipads for media specialists we have document cameras/interactive white boards; we need further training on the use of the white boards/i-beam pens; MS Office 2010; Using ebeam technology would be helpful. What we need as a district is trainers who really understand the software and the hardware and how it is used by teachers. Right now we have trainers who are parroting guidebooks to faculty with no differentiation for faculty members who are at varying degrees of proficiency. Trainers like Evan Herreid from WS/Forsyth are what we need here to help teachers. Mr. Herreid handles document cameras for the district and trains the teachers when they receive the cameras for their classrooms. Would like to require web page training for all staff, but would need principal support. I could use some support with ebeam. We have them, but I have very little experience with them. . Mobi, CPS clickers I could use a quick jumpstart with SchoolCenter. e-beam, interwrite pads The interaction of data projectors, e-beam, Smartboards, document cameras, and other presentation technology. web 2.0 Didn't know many of the programs in the previous list....not sure what would be most useful for a media specialist in a typical elem. program.... Lack of equity concerning classroom equipment. We would like to get our classrooms to a minimum standard of having a data project, interwrite mobi, and document camera. Not having these items makes using many resources a challenge. Teachers are less interested in learning new technology if it's not something they can use in their classroom immediately. Also, teachers need time to learn and integrate new technology. It takes time to create/revamp lessons to use the technology effectively. Ebooks, laptops or mobile using interactive projectors (once we get them) more exposure to what is out there I feel that we need better training in NC Wise. Our teachers have become rather adept at it but most Media Specs. have not rec'd training on it. We are often the ones that teachers come to for tech help and, for whatever reason, training on this has been minimal, at the last minute, and piled onto one or two classroom teachers. I do not understand why we cannot have some online tutorials available for teachers, or manuals available. If we do, I am not aware of them. Our school is a technology magnet so I do think that there is a high level of comfort with technology here. Training in on-line applications such as Google docs. Video production including editing. Training and time to "sandbox" new tools. We have interwrite pads, data projectors, elmos in every classroom. Would like help with Photoshop, video editing other than Windows Movie Maker, Audacity or other podcasting software. we have tech carts with interwrite boards, I have adequate training on all of it. I don't feel the need for more training unless we get new technology. TIME-Time to train my staff Use of digital cameras My school has very limited new equipment - technology. It is always a frustration to learn something new and not be able to bring the information back to share with my staff because they become frustrated that we can't do many of the best features because of limited ability to get it into a format


8. Currently, what are your most important needs with respect to technology training? Please be specific if possible. Include the materials/resources at your school that you have.

the children can see as a class (few projectors or big-screen monitors). The teachers are under such time-constraints that I need ideas that I can share quickly and they can incorporate easily into their instruction. We will be getting new equipment from bond money and I will need to be trained with it. I'd also like training on some things like Glogster which students can use to create projects. Though we have 850 students, our school has miles to go with getting the technology that is expected of a 21st Century school. There is one media cart and only three LCD projectors in the whole building. We have no eBeams (only two teachers have Smartboards and/or Promethean Boards) and no CPS systems. Some schools have eBeams, projectors and CPS systems in EVERY classroom and are now moving on to iPods and iPads. I do agree that we need baseline technology standards (with the money) for each school because many of us are falling behind fast. Getting teachers to understand that the curriculum drives the need for techology and not the other way around. Finding websites that can easily be added to enhance the learning experience without purchasing new gadgets. Need training on ebeams and especially ipod use in the classroom. Interwrite Pads Would like training in Web 2.0 tools that can be used in the media center and in the classroom Ongoing training with THiNQ Quest (SchoolCenter) as school webmaster Our school has been upgraded to Office 2010 and there are not any classes available for me to take using these programs. The items I marked as unfamiliar. I need access to purchase more hardware more than training on software. I need to be able to help my staff feel more comfortable. We currently have an e-beam, interwrite pads, one Mobi and 3 CPS units. I would like to have some significant hands-on training on any of these devices. I've had basic overview/introductory training sessions but don't get to use them often enough to remember how to use them or to move beyond the most basic level of use. using Elmo; LCD projector; Smart Board biggest need is time and opportunities to practice using items and apps. Hope to take full Moodle training and at least one other session this summer. How to use current technologies with teaching the students and having the students produce items with these technologies. An orientation to many of the applications mentioned on the checklist. how to utilize technology efficiently in workshops interactive whiteboard tools such as e-beam, interwrite pads (not mobis), interactive data projector Everything...technology is evolving fast and I feel that I should be one of the 1st to experience since I am the contact here for all staff. Hard to help individuals w/ resources & applications that I have no experience with. Also, I would like to be the one showing teachers what they could do and helping them use the technology in their classrooms. Learning to use the equipment and the little "tricks" of solving problems that may occur. Learning about online tools and having hands on practice with them. white board training The new Microsoft Office, more advanced Destiny. Unsure time to get trained general understanding of audio.video equipment Gaggle training. I am new this year and have not been trained - there was a session scheduled but it was cancelled. tools I can share with classroom teachers-we need more technology at our school--we have computers, digital cameras, flip cameras and 2 smart boards for the entire school. I would like more info on gaggle, livebinders and any of the others that are new to me on the survey.


9. Additional comments:

We do not have some of the newer tech equipment so I do not have opportunity to learn it.? I am pretty comfortable with my own skills or my ability to locate an expert from the faculty or from outside. I do a lot of faculty teaching, both individually and during formal training sessions, but technology is only one facet of my job. I really need competent people at the district level who understand technology in the classroom to lighten this training load for those of us who are in the field. In order for our school to really use technology effectively, we will need to be retro-fitted for a lot of hardware. Our classrooms are not set up for projectors based on computer locations. . Please offer train the trainer sessions on some of the mobile devices used in high schools so that we do not have to train ourselves. That takes too long and we never get through. Also when offering training on anything, please do not go over all the trivial aspects of the technology. Just give us the basics and then let us practice using it. When someone tries to cover all the aspects of a particular device/application too much time is spent on stuff no one ever uses. I am new to the schools, but have a wide range of technology experience - just not instructional technology. Providing more summer opportunities for technology PD, so teachers have time to play, digest, reflect, integrate. Also having PD at locations on east and west side of the county. High Point teachers would appreciate having PD available closer to school and home. The driving time and gas expense become one more drain on their time and budget. We need fluid training that adapts to the new web-based or cloud programs that come our way every day. Your survey needs a column "I'm familiar with this but haven't used it" - Not the same as not proficient. Any help you can offer that encourages standardization of equipment across the system would be greatly appreciated! We have to have access to the technology to learn how to use it. Those of us who can't afford an iPad or other such item are always behind. I feel competent with what LITTLE technology we have at our school (which is VERY LITTLE). I think we've lost some of our momentum with training staff when we no longer required CEU's in technology training.


Media Specialist Survey Results