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Using PILOT

Quick Start

PILOT is a powerful tool that helps educational leaders identify broad gaps in education technology training, equipment and usage and then take steps to fill those gaps to ultimately improve student achievement. It can be used to measure changes in technology usage in classrooms. Teachers can use the tool to track their own use of technology in the classroom.

Step 1: Create a New Account. (Do this just once!)

Check by using the Forgot Password link.

Use this link to login if ready.
Step 2: Complete Self-Assessment(s).
Step 3: Regularly/Annually return to the site for reassessment.

How to Use PILOT

To take the PILOT assessment the very first time start with Create a New Account. You will be prompted to identify where you work, grade level, etc. and establish a login and password. The self-assessments are now available for you take by clicking "Enter Self-Assessments" on the Home page. In the future you can edit your information (changes to district, school, email, password, etc.) under "Update your Profile". DO NOT make another account. It is intended that every educator has ONE account throughout their career. Please keep your profile up to date. When you return to PILOT in the future just use the "Login" link.

Next, choose Enter Self-Assessments. Here you will see the following Self-Assessment Categories:

Technology Integration and Proficiency Self-Assessment: Two self-assessments (K-4 and 5-12) for classroom teachers, librarian/media specialists and other instructional staff that measure BOTH the integration of educational technology in the classroom (Tiers) and also proficiency with technology (Skills). Teachers should only take ONE of these self-assessments.

Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment: Self-Assessments for Administrators and Classified/Non-Instructional Staff measuring proficiency with technology (Skills). These self-assessments are intended ONLY for Administrators and Classified/Non-Instructional Staff.

Other PILOT Self-Assessments: A series of short self-assessments on specific topics (computer basics, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.)

Available Technology Review A brief survey for teachers and library/media specialists to describe the technology resources available in their classroom/instructional area. This survey is intended to provide context for the technology integration results. Teachers and library/media specialists only need to complete this survey once and update it if conditions change.

Tiers Model

The most commonly completed self-assessment is the Technology Integration and Proficiency Self-Assessment for teachers. These two assessments, which are essentially the same with minor adjustments for grade level differences, primarily measure the use of technology in classrooms based upon the "Technology Use in Classrooms" or "Tiers Model".

Tiers Model (PDF)
The primary document outlining the three Tiers (levels) of technology use in classrooms and the four attributes (rows) of a successful technology implementation in a school/district.

Example Progression Through the Tiers (PDF)
This three page document graphically displays an example or typical progression a teacher might go through as they progress through the Tiers Model. Many teachers have found this helpful for their own professional development growth, planning and finding resources.

Tiers Model Video
A short video to explain the Tiers Model, the Example Progression document and the supporting rationale/philosophy.

The Technology Integration and many other Self-Assessments at PILOT are based upon the "Technology Use in Classrooms" or "Tiers Model" developed in Washington State beginning in 2003. The initial developers, Forrest Fisher of ESD 105 and Debbie Tschirgi of ESD 112, were looking to create an effective, realistic and understandable model that would be helpful to both teachers and administrators. To keep it simple they decided that it must fit on one page (sorry about the small font!) The model then received input from all of the ETSC Directors and OSPI Educational Technology staff. Eventually it was officially adopted by Washington State and the Workforce Training program at Idaho State University which provides educational technology training to Idaho.

Notes for other self-assessments:

Confidential Responses

All responses to the assessment tools are confidential. PILOT will not provide individual assessment results to a principal, superintendent or anyone else. When you login to PILOT, you'll be asked for your login and password that secures your results. If you’ve forgotten either of these, choose Forgot Username/Password? provided at the bottom of every page and you will receive a response in your email.

View Reports

While your individual results will never be shared with anyone, the aggregated responses from your own school, district can be viewed by staff with the appropriate permissions assigned to their account.

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