As the research collection phase finishes, the analysis phase accelerates. It is interesting that there is not a clean time division between data collection and analysis. Just like reading a mystery story, I am trying to figure out the angles and the solution while in the middle of the story, or in this case in the middle of the data collection. The thing I really enjoy about action research is the problem solving element. Every time I have engaged in this process, I have found it to be critically important to connect with those in my professional learning network. Finding others to give additional insight or a differing view helps to solve problems in different ways.
For those who have a visual learning preference, this youtube video is a good reminder of the action research process. Within the process, we collect data and think about what patterns emerge. We confer with those in our PLN to see if our thinking makes sense.
With three types of data now in front of me, the results seem clear – teachers need more support in order to be able to integrate technology into their classrooms to result in digitally literate students. The stumbling block seems to be the lack of administrative support. In order to go around this stumbling block, we (tech savvy teachers) could create an easy to use resource to encourage teachers to use more tech. This resource needs to be really user friendly in order to appeal to the most tech-wary teachers.
I’m eager to begin melding the data I’ve collected with my partner’s data. That will be the next step of this project. I anticipate that the data will merge seamlessly allowing us to draw the same conclusions from a bigger sample group.
Through the interactions on twitter, blogs, and emails, there is a sense of excitement in my peer group now that our projects our in the home stretch. It was fun revisiting the topic of titling projects. To me, the titles are always a sign that the project is coming to an end. Our project has been simply called “The Tool” which is not appealing in any way. It really is a tool for teachers… so I’ve been mulling over using “tool” as an acronym. My most recent title: Alaska TOOL – Technology Options for Online Learning. What do you think?
Our professors posted a twitter activity tool. This quantitative view of participation was interesting. Based on those views, I am participating with my peers more than I thought I was. This is another tool I will keep in my tech toolbox. When I first started my masters program, I was not a big twitter user. The more tools I learn about associated with twitter, the more enamored I become!