Target Your Outcomes
Very early in the planning cycle, you need to target a very specific set of outcomes. Don’t wait. One of the biggest mistakes schools make, is scrambling at the end of the year to try and measure improvements. By then it’s too late! You need to do a pre- and post- survey of your students so that you are measuring impact. Your funding will be much easier to secure when you can demonstrate measured improvements in your technology initiative.
Here are the outcomes we were striving to achieve, yours may be different:
- Workforce skills development.
- Levels of student engagement in learning.
- Internet subscription rates.
- Desire for retention (decrease dropouts).
- Planned college enrollment.
- Discipline interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
- Community paradigm shift – technology is no longer optional.
How to Measure
Make a survey for both students and teachers. A simple Survey Monkey instrument is enough. Quick tip – strive to develop a simple survey that asks students to rate themselves on a scale of 1-10. It is much easier to translate the data to percentages if your answers begin on a scale of 1-10.