Tracie and I have finished putting all the data onto our wiki page, which is our own private playground right now. We have OPTIC observations, interviews, and survey monkey surveys completed from two districts. Our initial conclusions are that our data from two different districts is pretty closely aligned. As we sift and analyze both districts together, it will be interesting to see if this continues to hold true.
I have used wiki spaces before, but not to the extent I have with this project. What a fantastic tool to use to collaborate with someone at a distance. We’ve been able to gather resources, have conversations, write and edit work together. Using this tool in depth gave me confidence in using this tool with my students in my classroom.
As we finish up our joint analysis, it will be time to call on our friends in our respective PLNs to give our project an outside perspective. We anticipate this happening this weekend.
As for the next steps, both of us are very eager to begin building the Alaska TOOL for use by real Alaskan teachers. The development of this TOOL will still be a continuing part of the action research process as we will continually be collecting feedback/data on what we are offering via the TOOL and trying to refine it to meet teachers’ needs.