The Project Overview
The Student Tool for Technology Literacy began with review of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), other states’ student technology standards, and student technology standards from individual counties in Florida. The collected data was then transformed into indicators that align with the NETS and specifically meet Florida’s needs. Next, stakeholders from the state were identified from attendees at the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders conference. They attended a session to review and provide feedback on the student technology standards and benchmarks. An Advisory Group was created from the original stakeholders meeting along with other instructional technology specialists in Florida who did not attend the conference.
An expert review panel was developed from a small select group of educators with advanced technology skills. Once the Advisory Group had reviewed and refined the standards and benchmarks, they went to the Expert Review Panel for a final set of revisions and approval. The indicators were then developed from suggestions provided by the Advisory Group, and middle school teachers within the state. The expert review panel compiled all of the suggested indicators and narrowed them down to the most grade level appropriate and relevant.
The advisory group provided feedback and acted as liaisons between their individual districts for large-scale data collection. Districts have reviewed standards and benchmarks and responded via an online survey. By using this method, over 500 people in education have provided their opinions.
After the feedback was gathered and evaluated, the indicators were modified in order to create items for the tool. The items were programmed and several usability tests were conducted with students across the state. In April 2008, the complete tool was field tested with over 1300 8th graders in several representative districts. The results of the field test were examined and minor revisions were made to the tool prior to its availability statewide.