PILOT is a powerful tool that helps educational leaders identify broad gaps in education technology training, equipment and usage and then take steps to fill those gaps to ultimately improve student achievement. It can be used to measure changes in technology usage in classrooms. Teachers can use the tool to track their own use of technology in the classroom.
|Step 1: Create
a New Account. (Do this just once!)
Check by using the Forgot Password link.Use this link to login if ready.
|Step 2: Complete Self-Assessment(s).|
|Step 3: Regularly/Annually return to the site for reassessment.|
To take the PILOT assessment the very first time start with Create a New Account. You will be prompted to identify where you work, grade level, etc. and establish a login and password. The self-assessments are now available for you take by clicking "Enter Self-Assessments" on the Home page. In the future you can edit your information (changes to district, school, email, password, etc.) under "Update your Profile". DO NOT make another account. It is intended that every educator has ONE account throughout their career. Please keep your profile up to date. When you return to PILOT in the future just use the "Login" link.
Next, choose Enter Self-Assessments. Here you will see the following Self-Assessment Categories:
Technology Integration and Proficiency Self-Assessment: Two self-assessments (K-4 and 5-12) for classroom teachers, librarian/media specialists and other instructional staff that measure BOTH the integration of educational technology in the classroom (Tiers) and also proficiency with technology (Skills). Teachers should only take ONE of these self-assessments.
Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment: Self-Assessments for Administrators and Classified/Non-Instructional Staff measuring proficiency with technology (Skills). These self-assessments are intended ONLY for Administrators and Classified/Non-Instructional Staff.
Other PILOT Self-Assessments: A series of short self-assessments on specific topics (computer basics, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)
Available Technology Review A brief survey for teachers and library/media specialists to describe the technology resources available in their classroom/instructional area. This survey is intended to provide context for the technology integration results. Teachers and library/media specialists only need to complete this survey once and update it if conditions change.
Notes for other self-assessments:
Tiers Model (PDF)
The primary document outlining the three Tiers (levels) of technology use in classrooms and the four attributes (rows) of a successful technology implementation in a school/district.
Example Progression Through the Tiers (PDF)
This three page document graphically displays an example or typical progression a teacher might go through as they progress through the Tiers Model. Many teachers have found this helpful for their own professional development growth, planning and finding resources.
Tiers Model Video
A short video to explain the Tiers Model, the Example Progression document and the supporting rationale/philosophy.
The Technology Integration and many other Self-Assessments at PILOT are based upon the "Technology Use in Classrooms" or "Tiers Model" developed in Washington State beginning in 2003. The initial developers, Forrest Fisher of ESD 105 and Debbie Tschirgi of ESD 112, were looking to create an effective, realistic and understandable model that would be helpful to both teachers and administrators. To keep it simple they decided that it must fit on one page (sorry about the small font!) The model then received input from all of the ETSC Directors and OSPI Educational Technology staff. Eventually it was officially adopted by Washington State and the Workforce Training program at Idaho State University which provides educational technology training to Idaho.
- The Technology Proficiency Self-Assessments for library/media specialists and administrators are comparable to the proficiency with technology score for classroom teachers.
- The Technology Integration score of the Technology Integration and Proficiency Self-Assessments is comparable to the Technology Integration score of the previous Technology Integration Survey used from 2004-2009. The questions are exactly the same.
Other PILOT Self-Assessments sections:
Productivity Skills: Skills needed for daily operation and the use common technology tools and information resources to increase personal and professional effectiveness.
Educators Personal/Professional Use: Skills needed to use technology to locate and manage information, construct knowledge, interact, collaborate, and publish.
Student Use/Classroom Integration: Skills needed to be able to integrate technology into classroom activities in creating a student-centered learning environment.
Technical Skills: Skills needed to troubleshoot, install, and maintain hardware, software, and networks.
Survey questions are divided among the categories, which may take 20-30 minutes each to complete. The survey is designed to be taken in sections so that you don't have to complete it all in one sitting. Categories contain individual assessments on each of the following subcategories:
The Other PILOT Self-Assessments specifically include:
Productivity Skills: Core Concepts Skills, Database Skills, Graphics Skills, Internet Skills, Multimedia Skills, Presentation Skills, Publishing Skills, Spreadsheet Skills, Word Processing Skills
Educators Personal/Professional Use: Communication, Ethical Use of Intellectual Property, Presentation Skills, Publishing Skills, Research, Using Assessment & Other Data to Guide Instruction, Video and Graphical Design Skills
Student Use/Classroom Integration: Student Assessment Using Technology, Student-Centered Technology Integration
Technical Skills (for technology support staff only): Hardware Installation, Hardware Maintenance, Hardware Troubleshooting, Network Installation, Network Maintenance, Network Troubleshooting, Software Installation, Software Maintenance, Software Troubleshooting.
Categories are classified in two ways: Levels of Proficiency and Levels of Application. Those categories of skills that speak to an educators introductory knowledge and ability in areas not necessarily related to the classroom are grouped in Levels of Proficiency and include Productivity Skills and Technical Skills. The categories that go to the next level where an educator actually uses a skill in a personal or classroom application are grouped in Levels of Application and include Educators Personal/Professional Use and Student Use/Classroom Integration.
Depending on the particular survey, you will either rate yourself according to the rubric description that most accurately describes your skills or check the statements that most accurately reflect your knowledge and skills. It is better to underestimate your skills, especially the first time you take the survey. Click on Submit Answers. From this page, you can see the completed and still-to-be-completed subcategories.
Each category level is more sophisticated than the last. If you're a novice when it comes to technology and this list seems overwhelming, don't worry! Just do what you can in the Productivity category. Then PILOT will generate training recommendations and charts. Or, if you've been using technology in your classroom for years, you might want to start off with the Educators Personal/Professional Use category. Later, you can go back and take the earlier sections to be sure you've mastered the basics. Designed to allow you complete flexibility, PILOT will save your responses for future reference and comparison.
Once you have completed any given subcategory of the PILOT assessment, PILOT produces a summary chart that shows your results for its related category. You may also view detailed charts of subcategories. PILOT saves the results for the three most recent times youve taken an assessment, showing the last chart in red and previous charts in blue, for comparisons.
The charts are oriented as horizontal bars that extend from 0 to 3 in increasing levels of proficiency or application. Categories classified as Proficiency use these levels: Entry, Intermediate, and Proficient. Categories classified as Application display bars on a scale with these levels: Emerging, Adaptive, and Transformational. Definitions of levels:
Levels of Proficiency:
Entry: Minimal or no experience with tool beyond an awareness level
Intermediate: Working knowledge and experience on a personal level but often needs help
Proficient: Quickly performs advanced operations with ease and can instruct others
Levels of Application:
Emerging: Instruction is teacher centered with an awareness of a variety of presentation tools
Adaptive: Experimentation with collaborative and student-directed learning
Transformational: Reflects upon integration of tools as part of instruction, instruction is oriented toward constructing meaning, and role in classroom is as facilitator and active learner
All responses to the assessment tools are confidential. PILOT will not provide individual assessment results to a principal, superintendent or anyone else. When you login to PILOT, you'll be asked for your login and password that secures your results. If youve forgotten either of these, choose Forgot Username/Password? provided at the bottom of every page and you will receive a response in your email.
While your individual results will never be shared with anyone, the aggregated responses from your own school, district can be viewed by staff with the appropriate permissions assigned to their account.
- View and/or download reports of results by school, district, date range, job position, etc.
- View report of staff that have completed self-assessments within a date range.
- Upload a spreadsheet file of staff members (or they can enroll themselves on the site's home page.)
- Send an email message to all or selected staff members announcing the need to complete a self-assessment, thank those who have completed one, remind those who have yet to complete it, etc.
- Manage Users (i.e. deactivate former staff members, fix email addresses, usernames, reset passwords, etc.)