In 2013, Commerce ISD partnered with Clarity BrightBytes to get insight from parents, teachers and students on the impact of technology use in both our homes and schools.
BrightBytes is a web-based and research-driven tool that helps us evaluate the current technology resources available to our teachers and students.
Anonymous responses are collected through questionnaires to help us make better decisions about resources needed, training allocated (professional development), and support required (IT support).
Below are the results for each section of the fall BrightBytes survey for Commerce ISD 2015-16. The survey considers the following areas:
Classrooms that prepare students for college and career seamlessly integrate technology into daily instruction in a way that intentionally scaffolds students’ technology skills. Although today’s students are digital natives with many skills in social networking, the majority of them are not social learners with the ability to apply complex technology skills to everyday challenges.
Infrastructure at School Report
Teachers’ and students’ access to technology at school is a prerequisite for 21st Century Learning. According to NCES, the ratio of students to computers in the classroom every day is 5.3 to 1. However, this is often not sufficient for transformative instruction to occur.
Effective leadership and supportive policies can greatly impact the learning environment.Marzano’s research on effective schools reports that strong leadership is one of the top five school-level factors impacting academic outcomes for students.
Professional Development Report
Effective professional development for teachers can have an enormous impact on teaching and learning in an organization. However, professional development experiences for teachers must be sustained and of high quality for improved learning outcomes to be realized.
21st Century Learning Report
21st Century Learning requires organizations to meet the current requirements of our standardized tests while also striving to achieve the 4Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The skills needed for success in college and career are becoming increasingly complex, and schools must rise to meet new demands.
Infrastructure at Home Report
Teachers’ and students’ access to technology both at home and at school deeply affects the learning environment. Specifically, a recent Pew report states that 92% of teachers believe that access to technology and the Internet has had a major impact on instruction.
Technology Support Report
High quality, speedy, educative technology support is the catalyst for teachers trying new instructional techniques that employ technology. These environmental factors can overcome the lack of confidence that teachers have with technology