Saturday, January 05, 2008

Just how technology savvy are you?

I came across a list of technology-based interview questions for independent and international schools to use with new faculty members. Jeff Utecht at The Thinking Stick proposes that these questions will allow you to see how excited a prospective faculty member is about technology and how they might integrate technology into the classroom or their other work in a school community.

I though these questions were very thought-provoking; I took a stab at answering them (before really studying Jeff's analysis of each question); I liked the results so much that I posted my replies in my employment credentials package.

Your thoughts? Comments below, please.


Peter A. Stinson said...


Questions for teachers entering a technology focused school

Please rate your skill set for the following tools as a basic user, average user, or advanced user:
= Basic User: Can use the program in its simplest form
= Average User: Can use the program and can give examples of ways to use the program in the
classroom for teaching and learning.
= Advanced User: Can give an example of using the program in the classroom as part of the
learning process. Has or is willing to teach others how to use it.
* Word
* Excel
* PowerPoint
* Publisher.

What e-mail programs are you familiar with (Outlook, Thunderbird, Firstclass, Groupwise) and what d you see as the positive and negative aspects of using e-mail?

Being able to look up information and resources on the web is an important skill. Explain how you go
about looking up information on the web. How do you verify that the information you found is trustworthy and of use to you?

What is your philosophy regarding the filtering of internet sites?

Do you read any blogs? If so, which ones?

Do you have an RSS reader? If so, what do you subscribe to?

Do you belong to any online communities?

Tell me a story of something you learned from your network?

Tell me how you think the future you are preparing children for will be different?

What is your favorite gadget and why?

How often do others come to you for guidance in using technology?

Describe the last new technology that you used and how you used it — and how you learned it?

Describe the last thing you learned related to your work, that you didn’t learn in a classroom or
from a book, and describe how you learned it.

Questions copyrighted by Jeff Utecht under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License

literacycoach77 said...

In our middle school all of our 6th and 7th graders (as well as all of the teachers) have Macbooks. That's over 400 people walking about what some great technology. It's just a shame that a good amount of those teachers who even care that they have this great tool to use. It's so frustrating! We do get regular PD each month. I would have to say that the majority of our building would be a "basic user". How do I got all those teachers to become an "advanced user"?