Change is hard. It’s hard for me, it’s hard for staff, and it’s hard for our students. However, and I think most would agree, the students tend to be the most adaptable. Part of how we in the Tech Department try and keep change in check is to listen to our students’ needs and wants…listen to what they think about technology, how they use technology, and how we can improve their learning environment.
Each year we participate in the Project Tomorrow Speak Up Survey http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/. Project Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit group whose mission is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The survey has been around for years and was featured in the 2006 National Technology Plan developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Students answer survey questions about their use of technology, both at school and at home. They tell us what devices they use, what they would like to use, and how they would like to use those devices in school.
Each January we receive collective data from the survey, and that data is shared with our Administrators and Superintendent. We take our students’ feedback seriously when deciding on technology advances for the District.
The survey is open to all of our students, staff, and parents. If you are a parent of an Ohio Hi-Point Career Center student, at the Bellefontaine Campus or any of our many Satellite locations, please feel free to let your own voice be heard by taking the survey at http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2011/ . Use OHIO in the building search field. When prompted, our “secret” word is starfish.