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Test Drives

With the rapid deployment of new technologies hitting the market and shrinking education budgets,  school’s nation-wide have been struggling with educational technology purchasing decisions. Dysart Unified School District ensures  all technology purchases are based on evidence that they will increase student achievement in the classroom.

To help with this endeavor, a Technology Device Test Drive Process has been established. This process allows a school to purchase a small number of devices based on specific student outcomes. All plans are submitted to the Technology Training Supervisor. Once approved, a Technology Trainer is assigned to help guide the Teacher Innovator as they work through the following components.
Test Drive Process flow-chart. Planning and Preparation-establishing pre/post test, creating timeline. Test Drive- Students using devices, capturing video footage. Publishing Results- create written/ visual account, share results at innovation fair.

Why Test Drives?

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Academic Accountability

Once a device has been though the process and its potential for contributing to student learning is clear:
Curriculum Specialist will add resources and refine curricular applications as appropriate.

Video footage of how the device looks when in use may be uploaded to iPlan.

IT will add the device to a list of approved technologies.

This process will allow DUSD to quickly determine which technologies work well within our network and have proven to make a difference in the classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Technology Training Team.
Test Drive Critical Questions:
1.  What New Century Learner [NETS] skills does it support and enhance?
2.  Which College and Career Ready/AZ Standards does it meet?
3.  Does it meet the 80 - 20 rule? [80% in the hands of students and 20% in the hands of teachers]
4.  How does the technology enhance the learning experience?  How can this be measured?
5. To what extent is it cost effective?
6.  How is it supported? [wireless network, trainer, online support, technician]
7.  In what ways can this technology be considered sustainable?[What is the process for repair/replacement, lifespan of the device, ongoing training, accessibility of support]
8.  What safety risks could be involved with using this technology?
9.   How can it be secured?
10. In what ways is it more than “novel”?
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