| TTA Needs Analysis CDs ... Evaluation |
This page lists the outcome of an exercise done on the ESF ICT Support Assessors course (28&29 Sept 1999) where the UK TTA ICT Needs Analysis CDs were evaluated. |
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A: Personal Observations made by individual Support Assessors : NEGATIVE
- Didn't give details on which subjects/age range to use.
- Examples for profile were very general and didn't give enough meaning when printed out.
- Notes - didn't know what to include.
- No skills base didn't explain how to make spread sheet for example.
- Computers seen to be used as a teaching aid not used as a resource for children; teacher talking at children not letting them participate.
- No reference list for software.
- Range of skills - need to be more defined.
- Because the tasks are broken down into smaller sections, it can make it difficult to gain an idea of the bigger picture.
- As ICT coordinator - annoying that you couldn't print total profile rather than individual subject - options of cut & paste?
- Printing - can't read your notes as they are too small.
- PC only!
- Some couldn't use at home for variety of reason, e.g. Mac; screen setting.
- Wasn't clear who the target audience was.
- Took a long time to familiarize myself with it.
- Printing - not clear what was bury printed and how to do it (we all have different printouts).
- Why have training notes and training priorities separate? Why not combine them. The notes should go alongside the case study.
- When it is printed, there should be headings telling you what the case studies are, i.e. creative writing, Shakespeare. There were no headings printed out on the printouts.
- Examples (case studies) could have been more original - lots of these I have already done or do. Although this could be a positive because it will seem less daunting for a person unfamiliar with using ICT.
- Only offered core subjects
- Technically not easy to instal.
- Need more specific instructions.
- Course objectives unclear.
- Structure needs to be clearer.
- Precise instructions needed to avoid annoyance, e.g. remember password , use floppy, what's real player.
- Guidance not given about what to look at.
- OK for those with IT skills. Have to do it at least twice to get the idea.
- Some hardware problems experienced on certain computers.
- Could the disk have been Mac compatible?
- Tow open ended? Not enough guidance - needed a focus.
- Not enough information on what kind of notes were required.
- No clear instructions on how to use it. More of a familiarization than a needs analysis.
- No opportunity to list current practice (no base line assessment of skills/practice).
- Lack of focus - more direction required.
- Use of language - vague statements.
- Too much information (initially).
- Unsure as to "what to do next".
- No initial opportunity for input.
- Hard to find profile, and no criteria for selection.
- Initial excitement but do we have the equipment to do what we see on the disk.
- CD is not a Needs Analysis.
- Did not seem to have relevance to the rest of the programme, i.e. entry level and subject specialist level.
- Without a clearly outlined purpose this CD could deter already reluctant IT users!
- Difficulties installing it - more familiar with other formats.
- Needs a floppy disk - you don't know until you install.
- No indication of correct screen setting.
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B: Personal Observations made by individual Support Assessors : POSITIVE
- Good demonstration and how to use IT in different subjects.
- Good use of lesson plans.
- Good ideas for software.
- Notes boxes more useful than points to work on.
- Set up easy to use - need to have a set of guidelines, so that you don't miss things out.
- It's free.
- Case studies provide insights into fresh uses of ICT in subject areas.
- Tasks broken into smaller sections.
- This is easy to follow if you already have some understanding of the topic/study area.
- Interesting to see lessons.
- Nicely packaged and presented.
- Cross referencing of techniques.
- The case studies were useful and practical - good examples. Clear, well selected.
- Useful to see how an interactive white board is used.
- ICT seen as a tool - not distracting from lesson objectives or the lesson and what you are teaching.
- All core subjects covered well.
- Time scale good.
- Open to different interpretation/levels of entry.
- User friendly eventually!
- Variety equality of lesson material are good.
- When computer etc. was compatible, loading and running was easy.
- Gave a good insight into using IT in class.
- We enjoyed the video clips.
- Good notes - especially when to and not to use ICT.
- Examples/case studies were useful.
- Interesting to see use of interactive white board.
- Clear information on application of ICT in core subjects.
- Lesson plans useful.
- Interesting to see range of equipment available.
- Opens new possibilities for investigation.
- Good presentation and layout.
- Information stored on floppy.
- Video clips very positive.
- Examples were realistic, achievable and motivating.
- Good examples of a variety of hardware (PC, Mac, Acorn).
- Not intimidating.
- Easy to navigate.
- Lesson plans well presented.
- Made you think about different ICT application.
- In a logical sequence.
- Easy to follow.
- Reflection boxes with guided questions.
- Increase our awareness of how we could improve our ICT provision - teacher access to it.
- Specimen lesson plans - good.
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C: Hazards to watch out for when using the disks with colleagues
- Need to have a range of software so teachers can explore their own interests.
- If analysing skills - difficult to collate a whole school overview and henceforth create a user programme for whole school.
- Teacher confidentiality.
- Need to have a set specific structure on how to use CD - how to open software, etc.
- Keeps crashing when changing disks.
- Doesn't run on an old PC/laptop.
- On screen instructions poor/useless.
- Disks need to be loaded for non-PC.
- Literate staff.
- Many staff may need help in using it - not straight forward as it could be.
- No EAL, Mandarin, careers, drama, media studies.
- Profile doesn't really tie us with the training material that follows.
- Nothing about use of internet dangers, precautions, issues and admin, etc.
- Not all colleagues have PC at home.
- New learning curve from Acorns to PC.
- Compatibility problems for hardware and software.
- Funding/resource implications and copy right restrictions.
- Where do we stand as a school/organisation with the amount of choices we give colleagues.
- Technology reliability - software reliability.
- Funding a wish list - conflict of objectives interests between ICT coordinator and class teacher.
- Training priorities are not clear.
- Time consuming for those not confident with IT, colleagues will need a lot of support.
- For staff unhappy using IT they may require very clear written instructions on how to use disk.
- Training priorities are not clear.
- For staff unhappy using IT, they may require very clear written instructions on how to use disk.
- Would a video be a good introduction!
- Statement of rationale needs to be issued and discussed.
- Few simple/clear guidelines with specific tasks.
- Instructions on which case study/profile/subject/year group to use with an option to view others.
- Discs 'back to front' (good material first of all).
- Efficient use of time?
- Needs step by step guide.
- Needs some time allocated or specified for completion.
- Need to establish selection criteria for each individual.
- Consider that profile description of priorities is quite general.
- Remember: ICT is not just computers, also - video, audio, digital, phone/fax.
- Video clips too short.
- Purpose not clearly defined.
- If more familiar with Acorn then won't know how to install.
- Open-endedness could be problematic if colleagues are not aware of expectations - perhaps examples of notes.
- Time consideration.
- We want, for example to have a needs analysis of control technology.
- Needs lots of changing, perhaps to accommodate our skills re response to colleagues.
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D: Positive Points to recommend if using the disks with colleagues in schools
- Staff get good ideas - what to do in classroom.
- Raising profile of ICT in class.
- Quick time was excellent, i.e. the videos on CD were great.
- Lessons were very accessible and easily adaptable for teachers.
- Video case studies provide a format to follow.
- Gets rid of some ICT jargon, so non-ICT specialists are not scared off.
- Provides examples of subject specific ICT which is good entry level stuff.
- Reasonably effective for majority of staff.
- Lesson plans/videos are useful.
- Each subject is short enough to be manageable.
- Shows you don't need a class full of computers to do it.
- Useful to show people who don't use ICT in their classroom.
- Gives an overview of other subjects for the assessor (we can direct subject specialist to their particular area).
- Give staff the options of approach.
- A good opportunity to improve skills.
- Good link to directly improve learning in our schools and promote ICT awareness.
- Provide greater information access/for analysis.
- Good ideas, lesson plans for using in discussion.
- Useful section on differentiation and assessment.
- Good that it concentrates on use of ICT in class.
- Specific videos and plans would enthuse members of staff (different members of staff would need a different course through the disk).
- Samples of use of ICT, e.g. worksheets etc. should be shown to staff.
- Professional presentation.
- Lesson plans, resources, etc. available - comprehensive.
- Opportunity to comment on what is presented.
- Provides good basis for discussion (worked examples).
- Good for use as a basic structure.
- List of ICT opportunity.
- Use of notes to clarify why a priority has been chosen.
- Not intimidating, should be ok for all colleagues.
- Opportunity to initiate the whole assessor thing by going through the CD together.
- Could use parts of the CD with a group of colleagues.
- We now know what not to use with colleagues.
- Better if you brainstorm ideas first and then look at the CD - that way you have a batch of ideas first.
- Wealth of material to source - well written with lesson plan and analysis.
- To help them consider ICT in planning, teaching and learning.
- Central resources built up and saved for future reference.
- Increase staff awareness that all staff should try ICT - whole school b/c needs to be on a continuum.
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