Technology Integration Matrix Observation Tool

Beginning a new observation

The Technology Integration Matrix Observation Tool (TIM-O) is a tool for guiding principals, teachers, and others through the process of evaluating the level of technology integration within a particular classroom. When completed, the tool produces a profile for the observed lesson in terms of the Technology Integration Matrix.

The TIM-O provides a branching series of questions that helps to provide consistent results regardless of observer familiarity with technology integration. Skip-logic in the series of questions greatly increases the efficiency of the observation. Because classrooms and other instructional settings are varied and complex, the tool allows the evaluator to adjust the identified levels based on careful consideration of the observation as a whole.

This observation tool is based on the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) developed by FCIT. If you are not familiar with the TIM, you should begin with the question-based option. We recommend that you observe the lesson for five to ten minutes before answering any questions. The question-based option is designed to arrive at a profile in a minimum number of steps. The total number of questions asked will vary depending on how you answer earlier questions.

If you are very familiar with the Technology Integration Matrix and are comfortable with the observation protocol, you may choose to evaluate the levels of technology integration directly using the Matrix-based option. The Matrix-based tool is faster only if the observer knows the TIM very well. Without training, use of the Matrix-based tool can be more susceptible to subjective interpretation than the question-based tool.

Profile generated by observation

In both the question-based and matrix-based methods the observer is given the opportunity to append additional notes to the resulting profile if desired.