Team Members: Debra Boyda, Karen Blumhagen, Sharon MacFadyen, Patrick McFeely, Ken Robitaille, Maureen Parker
Community: Canadian Year 1, 2010-2011
Our project is intended to support lead teachers in AISI schools to develop individual PLNs, integrate technology in their professional collaboration as an AISI group, and model digital learning as a strategy for building staff capacity at AISI schools.
- Problem, Issue, or Possibility
- Objectives and Assessment
- Implementation Plan
- Evaluation and Results
- â€ªSupporting 20 Lead teachers from 25 schools build their PLNâ€¬
- Building a robust network of professional learners with capacity to tweet, blog, flip, bookmark, digitize learning, and make collaborative docs (!) â€¬
On February 28 and March 1, school teams from our entire school division contributed to a collective assessment of 21st century skills in our schools. Wow, the data was vivid! Our AISII Leads pre-survey RESULTS told us most were at a Beginning level (measured according to beginning, developing, achieving, excelling) in confidence and skill. Prior to our session with AISI Leads on April 28, we each prepared a Pecha Kucha presentation on 6 different topics. Each Pecha Kucha ended with a focus question that prompted participant discussion:
Maureen – Setting context for the day (What’s with the Ps–PLP, Pecha Kucha, PLN)
Ken – introduction to social bookmarking
Pat – introduction to Twitter
Deb – cameras and digital visuals in the classroom
Sharon – introduction to blogging
Karen – introduction to Google Docs
Pre-survey Results April 28, 2011 – Implementation day (step 1)
May 27, 2011 – implementation support continues during face-to-face PD session
2011-12 school year – implementation support continues as AISI Leads build individual PLNs and we explore ways as a group to integrate technology in our collaboration practices.
Our lessons learned include:
- This is not a one-shot PD experience. We will provide ongoing support and relevant context.
- Our teachers had a mixture of excitement and anxiety about the day before it began.
- We will be measuring the next stage at our May 27, 2011 AISI Leads session and again in the 2011-12 school year.
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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