Survey Results

Technology End of Year Survey Summary

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback in our end of year technology survey!  Our end of year surveys for students, parents, and staff give us insights into the opinions of many of our stakeholders.  The survey helps us to identify the strengths of our technology program and also identify areas for improvement.  Below is a summary of some of the common themes seen in our surveys, specific results from the parent survey, as well as some examples of action taken on our end to continually improve on our performance.

Common themes that have been identified by stakeholders:

  • Learning to use technology effectively and efficiently is important for students.
  • Having access to coursework, grades, and due dates has been key to student success and parent involvement.
  • iPads have helped students to stay informed on course information, store notes / resources, communicate with teachers more effectively, and collaborate with other students.
  • School provided resources have been very helpful for parents; however, many parents were not aware of all the resources.  More work needs to be done with communicating these resources.
  • The new iPad management tools along with the new restrictions on app downloads and messaging have been seen as a positive move by parents and teachers….and even some students.
  • Students identify technology as playing a crucial role in their learning, particularly through the use of E-textbooks and audio / video resources.
  • Students saw a need for more Internet bandwidth at WC.

Parent Survey Statistics – Below are some statistics from parent survey conducted at the end of the 2017-18 school year:

  • 98% of parents with an opinion Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “Learning to use technology effectively and efficiently is important for students”.
  • 77% of parents with an opinion Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “Using the iPad helps my child practice and review class material for tests and quizzes”.
  • 86% of parents with an opinion Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “My child relies on the iPad for notes or assignments”.
  • 61% of parents with an opinion, Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “The iPad has improved my child’s organizational and study habits.”
  • 78% of parents with an opinion, Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “The iPad allows my child to more effectively communicate and collaborate with teachers and peers.”
  • 80% of parents with an opinion, Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “My child can apply learning in new ways when using the technology”.
  • 61% of parents with an opinion, Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “My child understands more of what is taught when using technology in school.”
  • 98% of parents Agreed or Strongly Agreed that “Minimizing distractions (gaming, messaging, etc.) is important to my child’s educational success.”
  • 83% of parents Agree or Strongly Agree that “School provided resources and strategies for effective device usage have been useful.” 15% were unaware of these resources.
  • 95% of parents that read our website documentation and updates on the school website Agree or Strongly Agree that “The documentation, support and program updates on the school website have been helpful.” 28% were unaware of these resources.
  • 81% of parents that used our after hours support Agree or Strongly Agree that “The after hours email support has been helpful.” 39% of parents were unaware of this resource.
  • 79% of parents that attend our parent technology meetings / forums Agree or Strongly Agree that “The parent technology meetings and forums offered by the school have been helpful.” 20% of parents were unaware of this resource.

Based on the quantitative and qualitative data that was collected during our End of the Year Survey, in addition to our own yearly evaluations, we will do the following:

  • West Catholic will continue to provide the best possible technology experience that we can provide to our stakeholders while advancing the school’s mission.
  • West Catholic will continue to restrict app downloads and messaging tools on student devices.
  • West Catholic will continue to look for more ways to engage parents with technology and bring awareness to our existing technology resources.  For the 2018-19 school year we will be offering a new format for our open house and we will be offering two parent technology information sessions on Aug. 13th during the WC Open House for all parents to learn more about the technology resources for them and their students.  As always we will continue our efforts to push important communications via email blasts, website postings, and weekly newsletters.
  • West Catholic has doubled its Internet bandwidth pipeline for the 2018-19 school year.  This will provide even faster device upload and download speeds for our growing enrollment.