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Self-Assessment Instrument for Topic 4

ICT as a personal productivity tool in a teacher's professional work and career.


Self-Assessment Instrument for ICT as a Personal Productivity Tool in a Teacher's Professional Work and Career  

This self-assessment instrument focuses on a teacher's use of ICT as a personal productivity tool. Please rate yourself using the following 7-point scale for each question.

Click here for a discussion of the meaning of the scale points.

Each question is accompanied by a brief discussion of the topic being assessed. If you do not understand the details given in a particular brief discussion, the chances are that you are at the (1) or (2) level on this topic. After you give yourself a numerical rating on the 7-point scale, write a paragraph that explains and justifies your numerical rating.

1. Using ICT in preparing handouts for students: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Handouts for students need to be legible, at the students' reading level, and designed for effective communication with students. Usually the handouts need to be saved for future revision and reuse in subsequent years. Thus, a word processor is an important aid to teacher productivity of such handouts.

2. Using ICT in preparing quizzes and exams for students:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Some textbook publishers make available electronic copies of databanks of exam questions that are aligned with their textbooks. There are many free and commercial electronic databanks of exam questions. Software for use in generating exams is widely available. Typically, quizzes and exams should be nicely desktop published and should be saved in electronic format for possible revision and reuse in the future.

3. Electronic Gradebook: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Electronic gradebooks, that may include seating charts, pictures of students, contact information for parents, space for written comments about students, and so on, are quite popular with teachers. Some schools and school districts require teachers to prepare and submit grades in electronic format.

4. Using ICT in preparing documents to send to parents:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Many teachers (especially elementary teachers) find it necessary and/or desirable to periodically provide their students with written messages to be delivered to parents. Of course, these documents should be carefully written, carefully proofread, and nicely desktop published. Many teachers find it useful to develop electronic templates for a variety of such documents.

5. Preparing multimedia material for use in teaching:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Many teachers make routine use of an overhead projector and/or a computer display system in their everyday teaching. Thus, they need to have the knowledge and skill to efficiently develop materials in electronic format to use as aids in instruction. Increasingly, teachers are finding it helpful to place such materials on a personal Website for ease in saving, revision, and sharing with colleagues.

6. Building and maintaining a class or course Website:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Many teachers make use of a classroom Website that can be accessed by their students, parents, colleagues, and other people. The Website may include assignments, resource materials, and samples of current and previous students' work. Such a "public" Website needs to be of appropriate quality so that it is not an embarrassment to the teacher, the school, and the school district, and so that it accomplishes the tasks it is designed to accomplish.

7. Electronic professional vita and portfolio of your work:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

There is a trend toward preservice teacher education programs to require their preservice teachers to develop an electronic portfolio of their work. This may include a vita, work samples, videos of micro teaching, videos of field experiences, videos of student teaching, projects and papers done for a variety of courses, and so on.

8. Using ICT in communication with colleagues: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

An important component in developing one's professional career as a teacher is building a network of colleagues. Many teachers make routine use of Email in communicating with their colleagues. They join Distribution Lists, they join and participate in discussion groups, and they use a personal or classroom Website to help share materials with their colleagues.

9. Using ICT in your continuing professional development:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

All teachers are faced by the twin problems of "keeping up to date" and "continued professional growth (capacity building)." ICT is both part of the problem and part of the solution. There is a trend toward professional development workshops and courses being made available on the Web. There is a huge amount of materials available on the Web that can help a teacher in personal capacity building and in continuing professional development.


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