Team Members: Patricia O’Donnell, Lori Anderson, Patti Keefer, Marian O’Brien, Sue Kennedy
Community: Archdiocese of Philadelphia Year 1, 2010-2011
- Problem, Issue, or Possibility
- Objectives and Assessment
- Implementation Plan
- Evaluation and Results
- Teachers are resistant and intimidated by the concept of incorporating technology in their classrooms.
- Teachers need peer modeling to integrate technology across the curriculum. The traditional approach to instruction does not engage students in higher level thinking or prepare them to for the 21st century world.
- Teachers need training and exposure to internet and technology tools that are available for use in the classroom.
- Teachers need support in the use of technology in their classroom.
Our project was designed to address the above issues. How do we lead our teachers and students to be 21st digital citizens, engaged and committed to making technology an everyday part of our teaching across all grades?
To assess our accomplishment of our goals, we tracked the usage of Wikis we helped each member of the faculty create and implement in their classrooms.We kept track of how many posts were made weekly,and by whom they were getting used (students, parents, other), and whether or not each group had completed their assignment and reported their results, as well as three suggestions for future uses from each group. In addition, we sent out surveys on the use of technology to students, parents and teachers. We also used the TPack model to assess the impact on learning.
As a result, we were able to create a supportive and encouraging judgment free community of learners who learn from one another. In addition, we hosted a presentation for parish and school community on the integration of technology in our school featuring the following tools: interactive Math and Language Arts tools, multi-grade level Presidential Wiki, Discovery Education, a Virtual Frog Dissection, Google Earth, Movie Maker Commercials, and Polleverywhere
About Action Research Projects
Action research is a process in which Powerful Learning Team members collaboratively examine their own educational practice systematically and carefully. Action research is:
- Disciplined inquiry into a problem or possibility within the school or classroom
- Collaborative and usually takes place in a community of practice
- Meaningful, positive, and reflective
- Data-driven, action-based, improvement-focused
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