Table of Contents

1. TIM Tools Admin Center
The Admin Center provides for management of the TIM Tools suite of applications.


Getting Started


Managing Members

Working with Data

The Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey provides essential information for planning technology infrastructure and support and identifying the perceptions and PD needs of teachers.

These three tools are for classroom observation, lesson plan review, and teacher reflection.






The ARTI tool provides a framework for teachers to design and conduct their own action research projects.

5. Report Tool
The Report Tool allows a school or district to create TIM-LP, TIM-O, TIM-R, or TUPS reports.

6. Survey Tool
The Survey Tool allows a school or district to create internal or external surveys on new topics as needed.



TIM Tools 6.0 Administration Guide

TIM-O: Beginning an Observation


The Technology Integration Matrix Observation tool (TIM-O) is designed to help an observer identify the level of technology integration demonstrated in a lesson. Specifically, the TIM-O helps an evaluator identify observable patterns of student activity, teacher activity, and instructional settings that suggest levels of technology integration as described within the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) developed by FCIT. 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.

The TIM-O provides one type of data about how teachers integrate technology within a single lesson. This provides a snapshot, but not the whole picture. An effective teacher will vary the level and methods of technology integration depending on the goals of a particular lesson and the needs of a particular group of students. We recommend combining several different lesson observations using the TIM-O with other types of data before forming any conclusions about the professional development needs of a teacher.

Begin your observation from the TIM Tools Main Menu. Click the Observation Tool (TIM-O) tab on the main menu. The TIM-O Dashboard will open to the following screen.

Figure 1. The TIM-O Dashboard includes an introduction and a history of observations.

The Dashboard includes a brief introduction to the TIM-O and a history of all previous observations you have made. If this is your first time using the TIM-O, your history list will be empty. To begin a new observation, click on New Observation in the TIM-O menu. The following screen will open.

Figure 2. The New Observation window. The first choice the observer makes is which of two observation methods to use.

There are two complementary methods for creating a TIM lesson profile within an observation. You may select whichever method best suits your previous experience and purpose. Either method will lead you to a summary screen where you can make holistic modifications to the levels and incorporate notes and document links into your observation.

Question-based Method. Lesson observations are based on the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM). Unless you are already very familiar with the TIM, we recommend that you use the question-based method. This method will ask you a series of questions about clearly observable activity in the classroom to determine the TIM profile for the lesson. Thanks to a sophisticated system of question branching and skip logic, you may often arrive at a completed profile after answering as few as five or six questions. Repeated use of the question-based method will help you to better understand the distinctions within the Technology Integration Matrix and, through practice, prepare you to use the matrix-based method in the future should you desire to do so.

Matrix-based Method. 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 method. Using this method can be faster than the question-based version, but requires a thorough familiarity with the TIM to maintain objectivity in the evaluation.


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