Washington Educational Technology Support Centers PILOT
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About PILOT (Prepare to Integrate Learning Opportunities with Technology)

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PILOT is the result of a collaborative effort among the Educational Technology Support Centers (ETSC) of Washington State. The site serves many purposes: It is an online, self-assessment tool for educators to determine their levels of technology proficiency and classroom application. Based upon the results of the assessment, it is a place for educators to view and select learning opportunities throughout the state to advance their proficiency level. In addition, charts can be displayed showing the overall level for teachers at a school site as well as within a district, region, or for the entire state. It is a learning community for educators to meet and participate in statewide projects. And it is a tool for districts to use with their staff to plan their professional development efforts.

Step 1: Login or (if this is your very first time at PILOT) Create a New Account.

Step 2: Complete Self-Assessment(s).
Step 3: Return to the site periodically for a re-assessment as your skills grow.

Site History

In March of 2001, the nine ETSC Directors gathered to plan activities in response to the deliverables mandated as part of the ETSC grant. The idea of PILOT was conceived to address the following specific deliverables:

In 2004, the Technology Integration Survey was developed and tested to assess classrooms on technology integration related to the Tiers (Technology Use in Classrooms) Model structure as part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reporting requirements.

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.

In 2005, the "PILOTjr" or "Pilot Junior" was developed to self-assess the technology literacy of eighth grade students. Again, this is part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reporting requirements. District technology coordinators set building passwords to allow student access in their "Reports and Tools" area.

In 2009, the Technology Integration Survey was expanded to assess teacher proficiency in addition to technology integration. Proficiency surveys for Administrators and Librarians/Media Specialists were also developed. These developments were in response to expanded federal reporting requirements.

In 2010, PILOT was adapted so that it could be effectively utilized by other states and countries. Each state's data is separated for reporting and analysis.
The states currently using PILOT include:

Idaho, USA
Washington, USA

PILOT is modeled after the Utah Technology Awareness Project (UTAP), a federal Technology Literacy Challenge Grant Project. UTAP is an online, self-assessment tool for educators that help teachers see what they need to learn to effectively leverage technology in the classroom.

PILOT was initially funded by the Educational Technology Development Center through a grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

For more information on PILOT, contact Dennis Small, dennis.small@k12.wa.us or 360-725-6384.

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