18. What types of operating systems are used with your school's LAN[s]? (i.e. Novell, Windows NT, AppleShare/Macintosh / Other)
19. Has your school adopted an Acceptable Use Policy?
20. For each group below please stated the number of accounts provided by your school district to the different user groups and the particular services provided:
Dialup Internet Individual
21. What three instructional technology support services are not adequately provided for in your school? (Example: maintaining a LAN, setting up desktop computers, provision of training for computers, software installation on a file server, provision of a help-desk for teachers and students)
The following labeled Figure 1.0 and Figure 2.0 are examples of technology surveys stated in the work entitled An Educator's Guide to Evaluating The Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms (1998):
Statistical methodology in relation to evaluation of educational provisions must be studies which are longitudinal in nature and may be qualitative as well as quantitative. Guidelines fall under a Federal Regulation as follows:
S.2969 Title: A bill to provide for improvement of Federal education research, statistics, evaluation, information, and dissemination, and for other purposes.
Under this bill the evaluations are stated to be required performed through "regional surveys."
Development of Evaluation Management Plan
The evaluation of the school, according to the above-referenced bill of Federal Regulation falls upon the school superintendents and administrators within each of the educational regions. In the effort to evaluate the school it is important that the superintendent garner the support and assistance of all teachers in the school so that efficient gathering of representative surveys is assured.
The surveys by which evaluation and analysis is to be conducted should be developed in collaboration with educators, business people in the community, as well as parents and other community members having the opportunity to provide their input in what precisely is within scope of the school evaluation.
The phases that must be included in the evaluation of the school's technological educational provisions will be in the phases listed as follows:
Planning phase. This phase is the when the preparation of the study is laid out which includes the development, testing of the plan as well as any revision of data collection instruments and finalization of the plan for data collection is conducted.
Data collection phase. This phase is the actual collection of the data which is done on pre-planned and scheduled dates. This will include meetings and interviews with parents, school staff, students, community members and members of the business community.
Data analysis and review of relevant documentation. During this phase the survey/interview results will be analyzed and then returned to each sector represented for planning program purposes. A review of relevant literature will be ongoing for the project's duration.
Report writing phase. This phase will be the writing of the final report of the analysis and findings of the study.
Summary & Conclusion
As this study has shown there are many aspects involved in the initiative to evaluate a school in relation to technological educational provisions. It is imperative that the support of all involved is possessed by the school in the conduction of an evaluation that will serve to be informative and efficient in its' outcome for furthering technological education in the community college.
The American Association of Community Colleges 1988 Report: Building Communities: A Vision for a New Century Online available at http://ww.aacc.nche.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ResourceCenter/Projects_Partnerships / Current/NewExpeditions/1988Report/77Recommendations.htm.
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An Educator's Guide to Evaluating The Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms (1998) December Online available at http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EdTechGuide/index.html.