Joanne, Gary and others interested in teacher skills with IT tools----

Have you seen the Milken Exchange Material - Professional Competency  
Continuum - Professional Skills for the the Digital Age? ( 
  I think the material really helps identify what teachers need to  
know in a developmental sequence.. After I left VISMT I worked with  
VITA-Learning to produce some professional development experiences  
that used the Milken materials and ACOT levels to identify a teacher's  
level of development and then provide experiences that moved the  
teacher's skills to the next level. The work didn't get very far due  
to fact I was the only one developing it. I think the Central Region  
did a couple of sessions.

On Dec 7, 2009, at 2:55 PM, Gary Ackerman wrote:

> In West Rutland, we faced the same question about a year ago... I  
> did some research and concluded 1) "tools" for measuring technology  
> skills are either for research and not skills-based or skills-based  
> and not validated; 2) the "tools" that are around are out-of-date  
> (severely)-- I showed them to high school students and they laughed  
> "who really does that anymore?" was a typical response.
> So... I drafted a list of 30 things that I think are "essential  
> skills" for educators, and we have been working from that... the  
> list I put together is on Lulu ( 
> ) and also on my web site (
> I am in the middle of drafting the second edition... I am not sure  
> this is what you are looking for, but it is our solution to a  
> similar problem.
> -- Dr. Gary L. Ackerman, PhD
> Information Technology & Physics Teacher
> West Rutland School
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> (802) 438-2288 ext. 240 (classroom)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Joanne Finnegan" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Monday, December 7, 2009 2:11:37 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: Teacher Technology Proficiency
> Does anyone have technology proficiency requirements of teachers in  
> your school or district?  We are considering a "required" check list  
> of skills or proficiency and hope to update them based on the new  
> NETS-T.  Of course, then we have to decide how to assess these  
> skills, so any information about how your district or school does  
> any formal or informal teacher assessment of tech skills would be  
> appreciated.  Privately/off list is fine.
> Thanks in advance.
> Joanne
> Joanne Finnegan
> Technology Integration Specialist
> Chittenden East Supervisory Union
> (voice) (802) 858-1728
> (fax) (802) 899-1059
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