The action research project anticipating an answer to the research question, “What are the primary needs of classroom teachers for technology integration based on the tech-specific New Alaska Standards?” is coming right along. As we get closer to seeing the realization of this project, I am becoming more excited. My project partner and I have been collecting all sorts of interesting sources and ideas to make this project happen. See our literature review.
One personal challenge on this project was to reach out into my personal learning network to figure out the answer to the two most pressing issues: what kind of platform to use to build a helpful tool for fellow teachers and what kind of tools do teachers use and need for higher level math skills. Fortunately, we have brilliant people in our PLN who are already giving us feedback on these areas that quite honestly we are not as informed as we’d like to be. I was thrilled to get quick responses and a conversation going with those with the needed expertise.
Since I was so focused on my action research project this week, my impact on others’ learning is anticipated. I really want to create a tool that is highly meaningful to my peer teachers. This week I participated in twitter sessions and the webex, and hopefully asked questions that my classmates were also wondering.
Next week is not about doing something differently because I needed to improve. Next week is about doing something different, because I am moving forward in my project. I continually strive to be a good collaborator on this project because I am very interested in the topic and I have a high regard for my project partner.
The new addition to the action research project is the methodology. Tracie and I will be conducting a broad survey to teachers across the state of Alaska to determine their tech levels of readiness and their tech needs when it comes to the new Alaska standards. We will also be conducting interviews and observations in order to validate the results of our survey. Based on the data received, we hope to further fine tune the tool we will build to assist our peer teachers in integrating technology into their lessons that are supporting the new standards.