This assignment was difficult to begin as I was unclear about some of the terminology related to the maturity model benchmarks. It would be beneficial to see examples of what was meant in each section. Once I started going though, evaluation became simpler. I got a better feel for the rubric and could easily pick up on examples within my district of evaluation.
Due to the lack of a technology plan and lack of administrative support in the form of training on implementation of new technologies I had a feeling this district would score low. The low scores though are primarily because of the lack of training provided to staff. I think if staff had more training, many areas that received marks in the Emergent or Islands stages would easily move toward an Integrated or Intelligent range. The information gathered during this process could prove valuable in future arguments toward staff development in the areas of technology use and planning. Without it, most teachers will be stuck on their islands with no way off. Many will only see what is in front of them and will only use the technology for what they see as the intended purpose. They will forever be stranded with no chance of advancement for themselves or their students.