The process of evaluating the technology maturity of a school revealed the many aspects required to successful integrate technology. It’s a balance between teaching practice and technical technique. Each of the filters within the Maturity Benchmark contains the behavioral actions of stakeholders and the resource technology in place to guide these actions.
In the context of the school I evaluated, Rural High School*, the evaluation highlighted both the strengths and weaknesses present at the school. Honestly, these results are very surprising to me. First, the length and amount of detail present even in an expiring technology use plan is encouraging. Examining the school at the end of the plan indicated that administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders worked to meet the goals of the plan. Secondly, even in filters where the school scored well, there exists specific areas of growth that can push the school up to the next level. Rural High School scored very high in a few indicators, but there still exists areas in stakeholder involvement, support, and infrastructure that still needs attention.
The balancing of practice and technology is one of greater reasons I decided to study EDTECH at Boise State. Although the amount of technology present at a school may be high, true maturity also requires stakeholder buy-in and proper training and support.
*Rural High School is a pseudonym.