Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Podcast Episode 005: Tech Survey

Galesburg CUSD 205 Staff are asked to complete a brief technology survey.  
Follow the work of our Tech Advisory Group.  

Listen on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcasts, Pocketcasts, and soon even more!

Tech Survey
March 21, 2018 E.005

Hi! This is Matt Jacobson, Technology Curriculum & Professional Development Coordinator for Galesburg Community Unit School District 205 in Galesburg, Illinois. We’re Talking Tech & Learning in 205 again today on Anchor.FM! This is your home for daily professional learning updates, tech tips, and teaching ideas to help further the learning of our students and the teachers who serve them. I’m glad you could join us today!

Today I’d like to issue a brief plea to the staff of District 205. A few weeks ago I met with a handful of volunteers to discuss the future of technology in our school district. This Tech Advisory Group began to lay out a vision of what they, as teachers and administrators, would like to see technology integration “look like” in the future.

You can view the work of our team at We will continue to meet once monthly on a voluntary basis to discuss the many various issues that will come up. Our first step is to gather information from our colleagues. We have created a brief set of about a dozen questions to help inform the opinions they will share as we begin our work. At our next meeting we will look over the feedback that you, our colleagues, offer. We between 400 and 500 teachers serving the students of our schools, and so far after 2 weeks we have almost 130 responses. That’s a just a shade north of a 25% response rate.

We’re approaching this task just like you approach teaching in your classroom. We are defining the goal or target: What should  technology integration look like in our schools? Of course, that will be different in various classrooms and grade levels. Your feedback on that survey will help us understand our current situation. In the future, selected members of this team will be conducting brief walkthroughs of classrooms to get a feeling for what technology integration looks like in our classrooms, and how that compares with our vision of what we’d like to see in the future. And later this year, we will define a clearer picture of what the path should look like, to help us move from our current reality closer to our goal.

We truly appreciate the time and thoughtfulness that those respondents have offered us so far. But we need more. I am both proud and honored to have the opportunity to work with this small team, but we can’t do it alone. We ask that you take a bit of time out of your very busy schedules to  complete and submit that survey by the time we all return from Spring Break.

You can find the survey at Thank you for your help.

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