Site Banner Customization in 7.0

Site Banner Customization in 7.0

Three changes to banner customization in version 7.0 of TIM Tools bring additional choices, zippier options, and more convenience to banner selection. The update will be made July 30, 2021. If you are a current client, your current banner selection will remain the...
Using TUPS Collection Frameworks

Using TUPS Collection Frameworks

To support the needs of larger districts, regional centers, and clients with numerous grant projects or special tech initiatives, version 7.0 of TIM Tools introduces the concept of “collection frameworks.” In previous versions of TIM Tools, the Technology...
Working with TUPS Data: The First Read-Through

Working with TUPS Data: The First Read-Through

The Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey provides a rich source of information to guide technology initiatives, professional development efforts, purchasing decisions, and tech planning. Each section can be unpacked in specific ways and the Excel report template we...
Start with a Reflection

Start with a Reflection

We frequently consult with school districts that have recently licensed TIM Tools. Generally, we suggest that they start by administering the Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey (TUPS) to collect baseline data. This is especially important for districts that are...
Introducing TIM to Your Teachers

Introducing TIM to Your Teachers

A question that often comes up in courses and consultations is, “What’s the best way to introduce the Technology Integration Matrix to my teachers?” While there’s no one best answer for all schools or districts, here are a couple of principles...
A Coaching/Mentoring Tool for All Subject Areas

A Coaching/Mentoring Tool for All Subject Areas

If someone has passed this post along to you, it’s probably because your school or district currently licenses TIM Tools, and the tech person wants you to know how you can leverage the license to support coaching or mentoring in your subject area regardless of...
Using TUPS Data: Individual Items

Using TUPS Data: Individual Items

The Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey (TUPS) is a rich source of data to identify professional development needs, document the successes of technology initiatives, and inform purchasing decisions. Over the next year or so, I plan to write a series of posts on...
Customize Your TIM Tools Site

Customize Your TIM Tools Site

We always encourage TIM Tools clients to customize their TIM Tools site. Most customizations are things that the user never sees, such as roles and permissions. In this post, however, I’d like to focus on three areas that all users will see: your site banner,...
The TIM and Time Management

The TIM and Time Management

If you didn’t think teaching time management in school was an important skill, take five minutes to talk to any parent or grandparent who struggled with kids at home and “Zoom School” in the past year. Subtract the usual scaffolding of a physical...
TIM Tools: What level of license do I need?

TIM Tools: What level of license do I need?

A year or so ago, I wrote a post answering the question, “Do I need a school or a district license?” Today, I’d like to address what level of license a school or district requires. The level of license required is entirely determined by the number of...
Path Models and Technology Integration: A PD Cheat Sheet

Path Models and Technology Integration: A PD Cheat Sheet

When we think about technology integration and how best to support our teachers in this area, a logical question to come up might be “What influences teachers’ use of technology besides being told to use it more?” Educational researchers often use path analysis as a...
Talking TIM: A Common Vocabulary

Talking TIM: A Common Vocabulary

We often present the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) as a “common vocabulary” for technology integration. We didn’t pick that phrase out of thin air. The TIM was developed to meet a specific, pressing need, although its utility as a “common...
SIS IT Driver’s License

SIS IT Driver’s License

In the coming months, I plan to feature some of our presenters from the FETC conference in January. Today, I would like to share one aspect of the professional development program implemented at the Stockholm International School as presented by Anurag Choudhary, the...
FETC 2021

FETC 2021

  For decades, FETC has been one of the most important educational technology conferences. Originally, FETC stood for the “Florida Educational Technology Conference,” but it long ago outgrew Florida and is now the “Future of Education Technology...
Cybersecurity Education and the TIM

Cybersecurity Education and the TIM

Recently, a colleague mentioned how well he thought the Technology Integration Matrix supported cybersecurity education. Huh? That caught me a bit off guard. The TIM is all about supporting ownership of learning and higher-order thinking skills, but doesn’t...
Quick Surveys on the Fly

Quick Surveys on the Fly

If we’ve learned anything over this past year, it’s that we need to be quick to adapt to changing circumstances. And quick to collect information we may not have needed previously. TIM Tools clients should remember that they already have a convenient...
Goal-Directed Learning: Escape from the “Schoolwork Box”

Goal-Directed Learning: Escape from the “Schoolwork Box”

This is the fifth and final post in a series on the characteristics of meaningful learning as used in the Technology Integration Matrix. The previous posts were Active Learning: Engaging Students’ Minds, Collaborative Learning: Building Knowledge in Community,...
TIM Instructional Planning Model

TIM Instructional Planning Model

I’ve had the opportunity to observe in many different classrooms across a wide variety of schools and districts. In the best of classrooms, one notices a harmonious relationship among curriculum demands, student needs, and technology integration. In other...
TIM Tools for Dissertation Research

TIM Tools for Dissertation Research

We regularly correspond with graduate students planning to use TIM Tools as a part of their doctoral research. The Technology Integration Matrix is frequently used as a theoretical framework in studies of classroom technology integration because it is uniquely...
Authentic Learning: Mirroring the Real World

Authentic Learning: Mirroring the Real World

This is the fourth in a series on the characteristics of meaningful learning. The previous posts were Active Learning: Engaging Students’ Minds, Collaborative Learning: Building Knowledge in Community, and Constructive Learning: Making Connections. Last month, I...
Constructive Learning: Making Connections

Constructive Learning: Making Connections

This is the third in a series on the characteristics of a meaningful learning environment. The previous posts were Active Learning: Engaging Students’ Minds and Collaborative Learning: Building Knowledge in Community. The Constructive characteristic of the Technology...
Ownership of Learning with Technology

Ownership of Learning with Technology

Last year I wrote a post called “The Invisible Technology Integration Matrix” in which I introduced the reader to some of the underlying concepts of the Technology Integration Matrix or TIM for short. One of the most important concepts behind the TIM is...
The Beauty of Failure in Coaching

The Beauty of Failure in Coaching

I recently happened across the website of a EdTech consulting company that referenced “epic failures” on their homepage. I loved it. First, because they were confident enough in their own work to write that up front. And second, because they understood...
EdTech Consultants, PD Providers, and Exercise Bicycles

EdTech Consultants, PD Providers, and Exercise Bicycles

Sometimes EdTech consultants or PD providers are surprised that FCIT is eager to license TIM Tools to them. After all, they may know—or at least surmise—that FCIT itself has a long history of EdTech consulting work and PD. Why the enthusiasm for supporting a possible...
Tech Exploration in the Classroom

Tech Exploration in the Classroom

Throughout the Technology Integration Matrix there is a consistent reference to student exploration of technology tools beginning at the Adaptation level. The emphasis on not only allowing, but also encouraging, exploration is no accident. In our busy schedules we...
The SAMR Model and the Technology Integration Matrix

The SAMR Model and the Technology Integration Matrix

Earlier this year I began a series to answer questions we often get from schools and districts that are considering implementing the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM). Often those questions are about how the TIM relates to models and standards they are already...
Eight Great Habits for Learning with Technology

Eight Great Habits for Learning with Technology

As I write this, we are currently in the midst of The Great, Worldwide Experiment in Online Education of 2020. Never before has there been so obviously a need for students to be able to use their technology in ways that follow sound pedagogical principles. Students...
TPACK and the Technology Integration Matrix

TPACK and the Technology Integration Matrix

TPACK is one of the best known frameworks for technology integration. It has its roots in work done in the 1980s by Lee Schulman who noted that is was not sufficient for teachers to know pedagogy and the content of their teaching area as two separate fields. To be...
ISTE Standards and the Technology Integration Matrix

ISTE Standards and the Technology Integration Matrix

We spend a great deal of time of each week speaking with school and district leaders who are considering adopting the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) and TIM Evaluation Tools. Invariably, the conversation comes around to questions about how the TIM relates to...
#COACHBETTER Spotlight

#COACHBETTER Spotlight

Kim Cofino at #COACHBETTER SPOTLIGHT interviews James Welsh regarding the five characteristics of effective educational technology from a coaching perspective.   Listen to the full hour-long podcast at CoachBetter.tv or watch the 15-minute spotlight version on...
PD Resources for Implementing the TIM in Your School or District

PD Resources for Implementing the TIM in Your School or District

So your school or district has decided to implement the Technology Integration Matrix (Good choice!) and it falls to you to provide the professional development for your teachers. Fear not! The TIM website now has over 1,000 pages of content you can use. So where to...
Ultimate Teaching Device

Ultimate Teaching Device

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ultimate Teaching Device Identified Tampa, FL (September 26, 2019) After years of testing, the Florida Center for Satirical Research has determined that the ultimate teaching device is not the celebrated Infotroneks 2000 adopted by many leading...
Using the TIM-C Coaching Tool

Using the TIM-C Coaching Tool

It comes as no surprise that TIM Tools clients tend to have strong coaching/mentoring programs in their schools or districts. Current clients use the TUPS, TIM-O, and ARTI to support tech planning, resource allocation, research and evaluation, and professional...
TIM Tools: Do I need a school or a district license?

TIM Tools: Do I need a school or a district license?

You might think that a school would always need a School license and a district would always need a District license. While that may be true in most cases, experience has taught us that our clients often use TIM Tools in ways that we never anticipated, so it’s...
Admin Guide at Your Service

Admin Guide at Your Service

We love interacting with TIM Tools clients via email, phone, or videoconference. Sometimes a conversation with a real live human is the most efficient way of getting started with TIM Tools. When we get a phone call from a tech director who says, “I need to...
Collaborative Learning: Building Knowledge in Community

Collaborative Learning: Building Knowledge in Community

This is the second in a series on the characteristics of a meaningful learning environment. The first was Active Learning: Engaging Students’ Minds. The Collaborative characteristic describes the degree to which technology is used to facilitate, enable, or...
The Invisible Technology Integration Matrix

The Invisible Technology Integration Matrix

On the surface, the TIM looks pretty simple. There are five characteristics of effective learning environments: Active, Collaborative, Constructive, Authentic, and Goal-Directed. And there are five levels of technology integration ranging from the Entry to the...
When Old Tech Is Better

When Old Tech Is Better

Each week at FCIT, we interact with a wide range of schools and districts in a number of different countries. Many have enviable levels of the latest technology available to their students and teachers. Others struggle to provide even outdated, shared digital devices...
Third Edition of the TIM Descriptors Arriving Soon!

Third Edition of the TIM Descriptors Arriving Soon!

Nearly a year in the making, the revised TIM descriptors are ready for publication. Last summer, we began conversations with some of our TIM Tools clients about revising the wording of the setting descriptors so that they applied equally well in virtual environments....
3 Things To Look for in Any Classroom Observation Protocol

3 Things To Look for in Any Classroom Observation Protocol

There are many protocols for observing classroom technology integration, including FCIT’s own Technology Integration Matrix and our corresponding TIM-O tool. In this post, I’m using the word “protocol” broadly to refer to any checklist, survey,...
Active Learning: Engaging Students’ Minds

Active Learning: Engaging Students’ Minds

The Technology Integration Matrix was not designed simply to promote the use of technology, but rather to encourage the use of whatever technology is available to promote effective, researched-based pedagogy. When constructing the TIM, we examined how technology could...
Nail Your Next Tech PD with the Quadrant Graph

Nail Your Next Tech PD with the Quadrant Graph

“Teachers are the toughest students.” Everyone who has ever conducted professional development has muttered some variation of that quote at one time or another. It’s no surprise that a classroom of teachers is a tough audience. They spend their days...
Rockin’ Roles in TIM Tools 6.0

Rockin’ Roles in TIM Tools 6.0

Each new instance of TIM Tools includes eight predefined roles: Super Administrator, District Leader, Zone Leader, School Leader, District Observer, Zone Observer, School Observer, and Teacher. The default permissions for each of the eight roles are preset to what is...
TIM Tools 6.0 Arrives!

TIM Tools 6.0 Arrives!

FCIT is rolling out a major upgrade to TIM Evaluation Tools this month. Site administrators will now have much greater flexibility to create and define roles within the system. The standard TIM Tools installation now comes with eight default roles: Super...
Using TIM Tools around the World

Using TIM Tools around the World

TIM Tools have been successfully used in individual schools and entire school systems around the world, but the new version 6.0 now makes it even easier to configure a TIM Tools instance to match the structure of just about any type of school system. The addition of a...
TIM Tools 6.0 and Private Schools

TIM Tools 6.0 and Private Schools

Much of the attention surrounding the version 6.0 release of TIM Tools regards the new flexibility of creating and defining roles within the system. While this may be somewhat more important to large school systems, it also has practical application to individual...
TIM Tools 6.0 in Higher Ed

TIM Tools 6.0 in Higher Ed

Although colleges of education have been using TIM Tools for years, with the rollout of version 6.0, it is now much easier to manage any combination of research projects, grant evaluations, and intern observations in a single “district” version of the software. The...
A Teenager in the House: TIM Turns 13!

A Teenager in the House: TIM Turns 13!

As the Technology Integration Matrix officially becomes a teenager, we take a look back at TIM’s formative years and speculate just a bit about the future. Originally published in 2005, the Technology Integration Matrix was produced by the Florida Center for...