The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT) (XML) provides you with a convenient platform for recording observations of technology use in classrooms. Checkboxes and pull-down menus allow you to easily record and time a variety of classroom characteristics. ICOT automatically aggregates your data into a table for analysis and presentation. You can work with your records right in ICOT or export them to any software that can read tabular data. Use ICOT to record information on classroom groupings, teacher roles, time and types of technology use and the NETS for Students.
The ICOT is a macro-enabled Excel workbook that automates many data recording and management tasks. The Visual Basic macros work with most versions of Microsoft Office for Windows and with Office 2011 for Macintosh. Users of eCOVE observation software can obtain a toolset that will allow them to record ICOT NETS and Computational Thinking items on iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Contact eCOVE directly for information on the NETS/CT toolset.
The ICOT methodology has been successfully adapted for use in a variety of contexts, including projects involving mathematical thinking and cyberinfrastructure research skills. For information on how ISTE evaluation might meet your needs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.