Using TIM Tools Data Analysis Templates

Using TIM Tools Data Analysis Templates

Administrators of TIM Tools sites can view their data four different ways: Using the built-in Report Tool Downloading raw data and importing into their own statistical software Using an API Downloading and importing into a TIM Tools template It’s the template...
Survey Library Additions

Survey Library Additions

Whenever I look at our internal dashboard of TIM Tools use across all of our clients, I can see that hundreds of surveys are being created by schools and districts using the Survey Tool. But none of these are being shared with other schools or districts....
TIM PD Activity: Build a Matrix

TIM PD Activity: Build a Matrix

This is the second in a series of professional development activities we have used when introducing the Technology Integration Matrix to teachers. If participants walk away from a professional development session with only one thought, I’d want it to be the...
TIM PD Activity: Take It Up a Level

TIM PD Activity: Take It Up a Level

We’re often asked by PD departments, “What is the best way to train our teachers in using the Technology Integration Matrix?” Of course, there’s no one answer to that question, but in coming months, I plan to share some of the ideas we’ve...
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. 1. More Choices Previous versions of TIM Tools had a hundred banner choices in the banner customization panel....
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...
Implementing the TIM Tools: Planning for Impact

Implementing the TIM Tools: Planning for Impact

Just having a subscription to the TIM Tools isn’t enough. You have to use them. And to use them well and get good data you need a solid plan. We often see folks who rush into implementation without a plan and then end up confused about how they can interpret the data,...
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...

Comfort and Confidence as Professional Development Goals

Given a choice, which session do you think your teachers would prefer? Professional Learning Meeting Friday 3:00-4:00 Topic: Uploading course content into our new LMS Professional Learning Meeting Friday 3:00-4:00 Topic: Getting Comfortable Last month I wrote about...
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,...
Making the Most of the $122 Billion American Rescue Plan

Making the Most of the $122 Billion American Rescue Plan

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, schools have access to unprecedented funding. The latest federal relief bill alone, the American Rescue Plan, allotted $122 billion to be used for education over the next few years. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for...
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 determined by the number of members...
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...
Using the TIM to Support Teacher Reflective Practice: Part 1

Using the TIM to Support Teacher Reflective Practice: Part 1

This post is the first in a series focusing on teacher reflective practice and how the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) and TIM Tools can be used to support this key element of a teacher’s professional growth. While it’s tempting to go into an academic treatise on...
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...
A Framework for Growth:  A Story of TIM Implementation in Graphs

A Framework for Growth: A Story of TIM Implementation in Graphs

We are pleased to welcome Sister John Paul as a guest contributor! She is the principal of St. Michael School in Worthington, Ohio. St. Michael School set out to find a framework to build a conversation around how to best integrate technology to advance student...
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...
Using the TUPS to Target Professional Development

Using the TUPS to Target Professional Development

As part of the TIM Tools suite, the Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey (TUPS) provides information on teacher beliefs about and perceptions of technology in instruction as well as current instructional uses. Comprised of 200 items, the TUPS is often used for...
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...
Quick and Easy Check-Ins with the Survey Tool

Quick and Easy Check-Ins with the Survey Tool

In our recent conversations with teachers and educational leaders at various levels, two things came through loud and clear: everyone is working at maximum capacity to maintain instructional continuity, and the last thing teachers need is another philosophical tome...
Ramp Up Your PD Today

Ramp Up Your PD Today

Effective use of technology, as described by FCIT’s Technology Integration Matrix (TIM), is more important now than ever. As your teachers move to, or increase their use of, online instruction it is critical that you offer support and guidance. The TIM Tools...
Leveraging Your TIM Tools

Leveraging Your TIM Tools

Many schools and districts are scrambling to support teachers who suddenly find themselves teaching online for the very first time. In addition, of course, to the technical challenges, schools and districts have an enormous professional development and support...
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...
Flexibility: A Teacher’s Range of Technology Integration Levels

Flexibility: A Teacher’s Range of Technology Integration Levels

Several months ago we started a new series entitled “Getting the Most from your TIM Observation Data.” The purpose of this series is to help you leverage the data from TIM Observations so that you can gain a deeper understanding of the technology-related strengths and...
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...
Highest Levels Observed: The High Watermark for an Observation

Highest Levels Observed: The High Watermark for an Observation

In October, we started a new series entitled “Getting the Most from your TIM Observation Data.” The purpose of this series is to provide more detailed explanations of the various concepts included in the TIM-O report, including information on how the data are derived...
#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...
TIM Tools Application Programming Interface

TIM Tools Application Programming Interface

The TIM Tools development team has always put an emphasis on the school or district’s convenient access to their own data. Clients can create reports just by making a few selections in the Report Tool. Data from the TUPS, TIM-O, TIM-R, and TIM-LP can be...