Winter 2017 Interview Questions
1. "Reports from researchers and teachers suggest that students who participate in computer-connected learning networks show increased motivation, a deeper understanding of concepts, and an increased willingness to tackle difficult questions" (Roschelle, J. M., Pea, R. D., Hoadley, C. M., Gordin, D. N., & Means, B. M. (2000). Would you agree with this statement with your experience of using technology to enhance mathematical concepts in your grade 2 classroom?
2. “In traditional classrooms, students typically have very little tie to interact with materials, each other, or the teacher. Moreover, students often must wait days or weeks after handing in classroom work before receiving feedback.” (Roschelle, J. M., Pea, R. D., Hoadley, C. M., Gordin, D. N., & Means, B. M. (2000). How does technology support formative feedback in your classroom?
3. Does your administration support technology integration in your school?
References: Roschelle, J. M., Pea, R. D., Hoadley, C. M., Gordin, D. N., & Means, B. M. (2000). Changing How and What Children Learn in School with Computer-Based Technologies. The Future of Children,10(2), 76. doi:10.2307/1602690
1. Do you use technology in your Math and Science classes?
2. If yes… a) What technologies do you use in Math? b) What technologies do you use in Science? c)How did you learn about these technologies? d) Are there other programs or technology you would like to use in your classes?
If no... a)What are the main reasons you have not used technology in your math or science classrooms? b)What do you feel you need to successfully implement technology programs in your math and science classes?
3. a) If afterschool training were provided by your school board to help you implement the use of science or technology in your classes would you take part in the opportunity?
b) If training and release time were provided by your school board to help you implement the use of science or technology in your classes would you take part in the opportunity?
1. How do you see technology being used in your school's math and science classrooms?
2. Do you see a difference between how newer math/science teachers and more established teachers use technology?
3. Can you tell me about a time when you have seen an educator grow in their abilities to use technology in the math and sciences classroom? How was this accomplished?
1. What prompted you to begin integrating digital technology into your classroom and how has your use of digital technology developed since you began?
2. If I were to focus on learning and integrating one new program or application related to math or science, which program/application would you recommend in terms of having the most impact on student learning within the classroom?
3. Can you share how your assessment of student learning has changed with the integration of digital technology into your math or science classroom?
1. How do you implement or integrate technology into your classroom?
2. Do you feel that an increased implementation of technology in the classroom corresponds to increased learning?
3. What are some positive learning experiences for students have you encountered by using technology? What are some negative learning experiences?
1. What technology do you use in your Math and/or Science classroom? In what ways does this technology use in the classroom enhance and/or support student learning?
2. How can technology transform learning? Do you have an example?
3. Can you describe any challenges you encounter when you go to use technology in your classroom? How do you adapt or move forward?
1. What do you think you would need to assist you in integrating technology into your program? What hinders you from using technology in the classroom?
2. Do you feel you need to be an expert in order to integrate technology into the classroom?
3. Is there any support for you in terms of PD, teaching, or program information that helped you to integrate technology into your classroom?
1. In what ways did your teacher education training prepare you (or not prepare you) for the use of technology in your teaching?
2. Do you feel that technology enhances your students' learning experiences in science and math? Why or why not?
3. From your perspective, what are the most significant challenges students face when using technology in math and science learning?
1. As a distance learning teacher of math and sciences, which types of technology have you used? Of the technology you have used, which types have you found the most effective and efficient in your teaching and in your students’ learning?
2. How have you learned to use the types of technology that you use in your teaching and with your students?
3. What characteristics (technology related or not) does your ideal learning space consist of when teaching math or science?
1. How long have you been teaching for and what subjects do you teach?
2. If you were to pick your top 1 or 2 changes to your practice that involve technology, what would they be?
3. Having implemented technology into your practice, has there been any changes to the way that students recognize and re-mediate scientific misconceptions? (question adapted from [Smith])
4. Can you think of any examples of when using a technology-based approach yield a positive outcome that would not have happened otherwise?
5. a) Over the span of your career, have you noticed any differences in achievement with your boys versus girls?
If yes: b) Has technology implementation had any effect closing this gender gap? If no: b) Has technology implementation generated any differences in overall gender performance?
6. In the spirit of not throwing babies out with bath water, as some of us are entrenching our practices deeper and deeper into technological dependence, are there any low tech/no tech practice that are still indispensable to you?
7. Moving forward, do you have any immediate mountains to conquer in the Ed Tech world?
8. Lastly, do you have any advice for colleagues wanting to bring more technological approaches into their practices but are not sure where to start?
1) How long have you been teaching for and what subjects have you taught before in the past?
2) What is your experience of integrating technology in the math and science classroom?
3) What are ways you believe technology can help students understand math and science concepts?
4) Can you share how your assessment of student learning has changed with the integration of digital technology into your math or science classroom?
5) Do you believe there are some limits with regards to integrating technology in math and sciences?
6) What obstacles have you encountered while using technology with students in the classroom?
7) What do you believe a school can do to support technology use in the math and science classroom?
1. When you were a student, what were your experiences with technology in the classroom? How does it compare to your experiences now as a teacher?
2. How do you envision technology enhancing your classroom and your teaching? What would you like technology to do or accomplish for you?
3. How do you determine how effective technology is in your lesson or classroom? What signs or results do you look for?
1. How has integrating technology into your teaching of Mathematics changed student learning?
2. Do you feel all of your students are more engaged with the integration of technology?
3. From your experience, what are the shortfalls of using technology to teach science and math?
4. Are there components of your program that are easier to do the more traditional way instead of through using technology?
1. How do you use technology in your science and math classroom?
2. What are the main goals of using these technologies?
3. In your opinion, what are the affects of using these technologies on your students' learning?
1. Reflecting on your math/science classes, in what ways do you predominantly use technology? For example: to transmit information, for student assessment, as a student tool to show learning, for teacher workflow.
2. What is your process for integrating new technology into your practice? (ie. Do you have a philosophical framework? How much vetting do you do vs. allowing the students to help you choose?)
3. What role does access play in integrating technology into schools in SD61? For this question, consider 'access' as inclusive of student and teacher access to hardware/software, teacher access to pro-d to learn how to use tech, and access for pre-service teachers in the educational research around technology integration.
1. How do you evaluate whether incorporating technology has been successful or not? Are there technologies you’ve tried that have not worked out as expected? If so, what did you do?
2. How often do you use technology in the classroom? Are there times you don’t want students to use technology? How do you redirect students to use technology productively?
3. How is technology in Math or Science similar or different from other subjects? Have you noticed any gender discrepancies regarding technology use? If so, how do you promote gender equity?
1. What types of technology have you found to be the most useful in math/science class and why?
2. Do you think technology may reach some of our struggling math students?
3. Do you think technology in the math/science classroom changes thinking? If so, how? If not, why not?
1. What aspects of using technology are most important to you for student engagement?
2. How did you learn about the technologies you use? Do you approach technology with a specific goal in mind?
3. How do you determine whether or not the technology you have used has enhanced a student’s learning?
1. There are many game-based environments where students practice their math skills. How do you find this type of strategy compares to other types of strategies eg., use of hand held manipulatives, paper and pencil activities?
2. What would you consider to notable benefits and challenges when integrating technology with science and/or math?
3. What advice would you have for a new teacher interested in using technology for either science and/or math?
1. What is the process for incorporating new technology into your lessons?
2. How often do you re-evaluate technology you use in your classroom to meet your lesson goals?
3. Are there any gender discrepancies in terms of using technology in your class? If so how do you fill the gap?
1. How have you integrated technology into your teaching activities?
2. What has been the impact (on yourself and your learners) of integrating technology in your teaching activities?
3. What kind of challenges have you faced while integrating technology into your teaching activities? How did you (or do you plan to) overcome these challenges?
1. How have you integrated technology in your classroom to support the diverse learning needs of your students in Math and Science? Please give one example of how technology in your classroom has supported struggling learners, and one example that engaged higher achievers.
2. For your upcoming class in September, how will you change or adapt your instruction and your task design to include new approaches, strategies, opportunities, or applications for your students with regards to technology?
3. Given the diverse technology experiences of teachers, how would you involve PD opportunities for all staff, at different levels of expertise, to enhance their knowledge and understanding of technology integration?
1) What are some new technologies that you would like to start using in your science and math class?
2) How do you think you will learn to integrate these technologies?
3) What types of support would help you learn these new technologies? What types of support are offered to you in your setting?
1. In reflection of your career in education and as a technology integration specialist currently, how have you integrated technology into your math and science courses? 2. From a global perspective, what trends have you experienced regarding implementation of technology while working overseas vs. North America? 3. In terms of planning, how do you decide what type of technology tool(s) to integrate with the specific content you must teach? 4. What skills do you feel students are lacking today, and how can the integration of technology lead to the development of these skills?