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Maturity Benchmarks Survey Sheet
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School Pseudonym: Birmingham Academy
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Your Name or Group Name: Michelle Hughes
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Clearly mark the box that best represents the level of maturity achieved at your school site. Please refer to the Model Benchmark Rubric for detailed descriptions of the categories. EmergentIslandsIntegratedIntelligentEvaluator Comments
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ADMINISTRATIVEPolicybehavioralxA formal technology policy exists. It's referred to by the technology department as the "novel."
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resource/infrastructurexBirmingham Academy fully supports technology use in the school and, in fact, requires teachers to incorporate technology into every lesson plan.
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PlanningbehavioralxThe technology use plan is comprehensive and prioritized among one of the school's main iniatives - developing 21st century skills.
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resource/infrastructurexTechnology use plan is evaluated each summer for improvements to be implemented in the following school year.
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BudgetbehavioralxTechnology access is extensive. Teachers and students have access to updated technology constantly and consistently.
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resource/infrastructurexTechnology use is prioritized in budge and all planning.
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Administrative InformationbehavioralxBirmingham Academy shares all documents through Google Drive. All paper systems are replaced. Email is the main form of communication. All administrative systems are electronic (gradebook, lesson plans, attendance, etc.)
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resource/infrastructurexAll administrative systems are available to all faculty and staff.
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CURRICULARElectronic InformationbehavioralxThe majority of faculty, administration, and staff are very dependent on electronic information systems, but not all faculty use electronic systems daily (other than mandatory gradebook, lesson plans, attendance functions).
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resource/infrastructurexAll students have iPads and access to Chromebooks. All teachers have MacBook Airs and iPads. All classrooms have smartboards with Apple TVs.
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AssessmentbehavioralxMost teachers use electronic assessments but some still use paper assessments.
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resource/infrastructurexSchool uses iTunes U to share documents, quizzes, assignments, etc. but not all teachers utilize resource to fullest potential.
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Curriculular IntegrationbehavioralxTeachers are required to incorporate technology in lesson plan but not all departments have the same technology resources. English department, for example, has electronic textbooks but no other departments do.
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resource/infrastructurexResources widely available but not proportionately distributed among departments. Some have more than others.
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Teacher UsebehavioralxTeachers have high access to technology (iPads, MacBook Air, smartboards, Apple TVs). All paper systems are replaced. Training and resource availability is extensive and mandatory.
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resource/infrastructurexLesson plans incorporate technology use. Students have personal iPads and access to Chromebooks. School focuses on teaching 21st century skills as one of main priorities, second to religious affiliation.
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Student UsebehavioralxStudents use iPads. iPad use is mandatory in all core classes and most electives.
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resource/infrastructurexiPads and Chromebooks give students easy access. iPads do not have a browser. Students can only access internet through Chromebooks.
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SUPPORTStakeholder InvolvemntbehavioralxSchool prioritizes 21st century skills through Learning Unleashed program. All parts of organization are invested in and aware of technology goals.
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resource/infrastructurexNot all faculty (Special Ed. support staff, administrative support staff, coaches, etc.) are involved in planning and implementation process.
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Administrative SupportbehavioralxAdministration, specifically superintendent, is extremely invested in technology iniatives, including planning, practice, and implementation.
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resource/infrastructurexA large amount of administrative support and attention is dedicated to technology use; however, technology use is prioritized behind religious affliliation.
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TrainingbehavioralxMandatory technology training throughout school year.
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resource/infrastructurexMandatory technology training is available. The high school campus has an technology department available at all times to students, teachers, and administrators.
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Technical/Infrastructure SupportbehavioralxStaff utilizes technology through online help desk or classroom visit.
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resource/infrastructurexFormal technology support staff exists full-time.
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CONNECTIVITYLocal Area Networking (LAN)behavioralxTeachers and students communicate continuously through network.
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resource/infrastructurexHigh-speed network available everywhere.
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District Area Networking (WAN)behavioralxStaff uses network in sophisticated manner to share data and communicate with students and among teaching staff.
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resource/infrastructurexHigh-speed network available everywhere (both campuses).
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Internet AccessbehavioralxInternet access is available to all teachers but students can only access internet through Chromebooks. iPads do not include web browser.
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resource/infrastructurexAll school locations have high-speed internet access.
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Communication SystemsbehavioralxEmail is the primary communication system. Students and teachers correspond through email.
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resource/infrastructurexAll students and staff have school email.
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INNOVATIONNew TechnologiesbehavioralxTeachers are trained on new technologies prior to school year and expected to implement them throughout year.
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resource/infrastructurexTeachers are expected to implement new technologies but some resistance exists among older teachers, therefore, moderate implementation exists.
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Comprehensive TechnologiesbehavioralxTechnology use and access is comprehensive. School equips students with iPads to allow for seamless sharing through educational platform and to easily reach parents through social media/video conferencing.
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resource/infrastructurexExtensive technology available through comprehensive iPad distribution.
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