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in which the individual teacher could take advantage of various professional development opportunities
to leverage and/or grow their proficiency in selected areas of the ISTE Rubric. This includes
recommendations for ASB Online Academy courses, visiting consultants, external PD opportunities,
webinars, and MOOCs.
The goal is for the teacher to be aware of the ISTE standards for teachers and target specific areas in
which they can grow. This new PD Plan document is a living document that gets revisited several times
through the year with the teacher and us, and updated or revised accordingly. During this time, the
teacher also adds student artifacts of learning to the Google Site containing the ISTE Standards for
This PD Plan template was used to personalize PD for the Teaching Assistants (TA) in the Elementary
School. Maggie and the Educational Technology Specialist met with each TA to draw up a personalized
PD plan based on a modified version of the ISTE Standards for Teachers Standard 3 (Modeling Digital
Age Work and Learning). Tech training is provided for TAs each week after school based on the needs
identified by the TAs when completing the PD Plan template.
Year 2 of the Technology Audit: Collecting Student Artifacts
The Tech Audit is an ongoing process and we have completed two years of data collection. We are now
in Year 3 of our tech audit. The process was modified a little in Year 2. In the first year the data was
collected during individual meetings with teachers. In Year 2 we created and shared a Google Site with
page level permissions for each teacher for their page (See Sample PD-Plan Appendix C). Teachers are
now responsible for updating their own page on the site to add the student artifacts.
For many teachers this is the second time they are participating in the audit and they are familiar with
the process. A number of teachers, new to ASB, went through the audit for the first time. It was
important to give these teachers the same support that the others had received in the previous year.
Hence these teachers had individual meetings with us to collect and analyze their artifacts.
In the Elementary School it has been possible to schedule a regular session at the end of each unit of
inquiry. At this meeting, all grade level teachers look at and add artifacts onto the Tech Audit Google
Site pages, as part of their reflection process on the units. For all divisions, we met on several occasions
to discuss progress towards individual tech goals based on ISTE-T Standard 2 and to suggest further
opportunities for PD that would help teachers to reach these goals as well as partake in conversations
about the level of thinking evident in the student artifacts as they are collated on the Google Site.
Analysis of artifacts by each individual ISTE-S Standard
At the end of two years of data collection, we worked with our data scientist to help us analyze the data
and visualize it so we can report back on progress made.
Here’s an example of a visualization. This visualization shows each of the ISTE-S standards in green. The
orange colored circles are the amount of artifacts (by type) associated with each standard. The larger
the circle, the greater number of the artifacts. Below the green colored standards are the amount of