Carroll County Schools administrators are using a stylus and a notebook computer to provide instant feedback to teachers and to improve what is taught in every classroom in the school district.

The program is called eWalk, and on Mondays every month, a team of administrators from the central office and the individual school being evaluated walk through all of the school's classrooms. The evaluation is done in 10 minutes per classroom.

"We went through Kathryn Winn, and it took us quite of bit of time to go through there because of their scheduling," superintendent Lisa James said.

The evaluators look for how the information presented is taught, if technology is used during the lesson, the teacher's lesson plans and goals, what type of information is being taught, the rigor and relevance of the information and other criteria.

Assistant Superintendent Bill Hogan said the evaluations that were performed after Labor Day reviewed 87 classrooms in the school district. In the evaluations on those days, administrators found 34 percent of classes were using SMART Boards during instruction, 2 percent were using video conferencing and 3 percent were using document cameras. Only 3 percent of students were using blogs and 1 percent were using the SMART Board to make a presentation during the classes evaluated.

"We should see that number go up," board member Tommy Unker said about technology in the classroom. "We should see some data."

Administrators also evaluated the time used in the classrooms. They found 62 percent of classrooms surveyed were paced well and 71 percent of the classrooms had students engaged in the materials. To help gauge this information, administrators also talk to students from the classes to ask how the material is taught, the pace of information and if the work is challenging enough.

"We're not going to see everything in 10 minutes," Hogan said.

Evaluators found that 77 percent of the information taught was in the acquisition area, which reflects low-level learning, while 22 percent was application, 6 percent was assimilation and 1 percent was adaptation learning.

Hogan said the lower level learning will be primarily seen in the beginning of the school year as students are just learning about new subjects. Adaptation learning might also take more time, which might not be allowed due to class scheduling, he said.

"Over time, you can get a picture of the school," said Pam Williams, elementary instructional supervisor.

Students are also learning more on the recall reproduction level versus the basic application of information. Strategic thinking levels are just at 3 percent of the classes surveyed and 1 percent use extended learning. James said the schools are to focus more on critical thinking, so depth of knowledge is crucial to look at.

"It's a good monitoring tool. It's an effective tool," Hogan said.

After each class is evaluated, the administrators send an electronic copy of the survey and comments via e-mail to the teachers. Teachers respond back to administrator's questions and learn from the evaluations.

The high school is doing these surveys in addition to the administration's walk-hroughs. Principal John Leeper said the high school has performed 60 additional evaluations.

"By January or March, we should have a clearer picture," Hogan said.

In other business:

• The high school yearbook staff placed in 15 categories - including best overall yearbook - in the Mark of Excellence High School Yearbook Contest at Western Kentucky University.

• The school district will be advertising for construction bids for Cartmell Elementary School by mid-November. Construction should begin by early January.