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Massachusetts Department of Education

This report shows that Massachusetts school districts are making progress in providing instruction that is relevant to today's students--and in preparing students for the technological demands of the 21st century. A number of positive trends emerge from districts' 2004-2005 technology data. The daily use of technology in the classroom has increased, helping to make learning more relevant and engaging to today's students. In addition, greater numbers of teachers are using technology each day professionally outside the classroom as well, which increases their productivity, as well as their comfort level with technology. At the same time, teacher participation in technology professional development is up, and more teachers have moved into the proficient and advanced levels of technology using, enabling them to better help their students become technologically literate. Even though progress has been made, much work remains to be done. There are still many teachers in Massachusetts who use technology only occasionally, if at all. There are also teachers and students who are not proficient with technology. In order to continue making progress in preparing students for a technology-driven world, schools must provide increased professional development in technology, sufficient support for the use of technology, and a robust technology infrastructure. This report gauges the progress of districts in providing these prerequisites for effective technology use. Appended are: (1) Local Technology Plan Guidelines; and (2) District Statistics. (Contains 30 footnotes.)

Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teacher Participation, Educational Technology, School Districts, Technological Literacy, Professional Development, Statistical Data, Guidelines, Educational Planning

Massachusetts Department of Education. 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023. Tel: 781-338-3000; Web site:

Autor: Louie, Connie; Hargrave, Susan


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