White Plains Parent Survey

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Dear Parent:

The following survey is part of the White Plains School District's effort to assess the progress of instructional technology initiatives in all White Plains schools. There are many different points of view and opinions related to technology resource allocation, use and impact, and this survey is one way of gathering information on those varied opinions and experiences. Students, teachers, and administrators will also be surveyed, and focus groups have been conducted recently as a means of gathering more in-depth information on how technology impacts student learning and teacher work.

Data from this survey will be analyzed in aggregate to create an overall picture of technology use in White Plains schools for the purposes of district technology planning. Individual responses will not be tracked and therefore all of your responses will be anonymous.

Thanks in advance for your time and candid responses.

Please note that you should base your responses to this survey on just one student. If you wish to report responses for additional student(s), please complete additional surveys. You may complete as many surveys as you like.

Which school does your student attend:

What grade:

In each of the questions below that asks for an open-ended response, please feel free to type as much text as you like. The box will automatically expand as you type.

1. Please descibe what learning skills you feel are important for your child to develop while in school.

2. What role do you feel technology can play in the development of these skills?

3. How often would you say that your student is assigned work that requires the use of technology? 





4.How satisfied are you with your student's access to the technology he/she needs at school?

Very satisfied


Not satisfied

Very unsatisfied

Don't know

5. Please describe any ways that your school could improve your student’s access to technology during the school day.

6. How much impact do you feel your student’s use of technology at school has on his/her learning?

Great impact

Some impact

No impact

My student doesn't use technology at school

Don't know

7. Please describe how you feel technology could better support your student’s learning.

8. What - if any - barriers exist to your student's current use of technology to support his/her learning at school?

9. Please list the technologies that you feel are important for your student to be able to use as part of his/her education, and why.

10. The following table lists a variety of technology skills. Please identify which skills your student currently has and when you feel that each skill should ideally be taught.

Student Technology Skill

My student has this skill

This should be developed in Elementary School

This should be developed in Middle School

This should be developed in High School

Can use a word processor to create a text document or type a paper/essay

Can use a presentation manager (e.g. PowerPoint) to create and display a presentation

Can use a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel) to organize numerical information

Can create a database using a database creation program (e.g., Access)

Can create a document using a page layout and graphics software (e.g., Publisher)

Can demonstrate basic proficiency in typing (e.g., can type with all 10 fingers)

Can use the WWW for research with a minimal amount of teacher/parent guidance

Can differentiate between fictitious/erroneous/unreliable sources of information versus reliable information.

Can use specialized databases (e.g., World Book online)

Can design and publish a webpage

Can create multimedia resources (digital videos, podcasts, etc.)

Can participate in and use online communication (accessing teacher blogs, online courses, etc.)

Can use a graphing calculator

11. Do you believe that your student’s teacher has the skills necessary to utilize technology as an effective tool for teaching?



I don't know

Opinions Related to the Ninth Grade 21st Century Computer Essentials Course

We understand that there are many varied opinions and ideas related to the ninth grade 21st Century Computer Essentials course in White Plains. Please respond to the following questions about this course. Please use the text fields to provide us with as much information (including concerns, questions or ideas) as you can.

If you don't know about this course or do not have an opinion, please skip to Question 13.

12. Please comment on how effectively the 21st Century Computer Essentials course prepares students for using technology in their high school work.

13. Please comment on the positioning of this course as a stand alone course for ninth graders.

14. How do you feel the teaching of technology skills could be improved to better meet the needs of White Plains students?

The Role of Technology in School-Home Communications

15. Does your student’s teacher communicate with you via email?



I don't know

16. Does your student’s teacher post information about his/her class online – e.g., homework assignments, resources, samples of student work, etc.?



I don't know

17. How satisfied are you with teacher use of technology to communicate information on student progress (grades)?

Very satisfied


Not satisfied

Very unsatisfied

Don't know

18. How might communication with your student’s teacher or school improve via the use of technology?

Additional Comments

Use this section to add clarification to any question, or to add any thoughts you might have on any aspect (positive or negative) of how instructional technology impacts your involvement in your school and/or your students' learning. Once again, please be assured that your comments are confidential.

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Survey Form Updated 4/9/10