Action Research Project • Proposal • Research (Working Draft) • Plan of Action • Cycle 1 Report • Cycle 2 Report • Action Research Project Report
The original plan is outlined in the ARP Plan of
Action with a status summary in the ARP Cycle 1
Accomplishments since Cycle 1
The primary accomplishment in Cycle 2, and change from my original plan, was
to get Tapped In accounts
http://www.tappedin.org/ for my sixth grade math students so they could
communicate synchronously as well as asynchronously. This turned into a very
popular activity, with some kids learning the more arcane commands, as well as
how to dig in TI. Seven of the 16 students were sufficiently interested in TI to
learn how to dig.
I have assigned homework where students had to discuss mathematics, then had
them add edited transcripts to their CoWebs as a way of making their learning
public to others in the class.
I also spontaneously created a CoWeb for Keyboarding students to write
stories in as part of their warm-up. The activity was very popular with one
class and allowed them to practice their skills in a more authentic situation.
About half of the students in that class are also my math students. The Math
students like to "play" in TI while most of the rest like to "play" in the Coweb
with their stories. A few students just like to do the keyboarding program
because it give their brain a rest. Using these tools in keyboarding have helped
the students transfer their skills learned in the artificial environment of
keyboarding to an authentic experience.
Evidence and data since Cycle 1:
- Captured several snapshots of the Math 6 CoWeb, Exploring Programming
CoWeb, and Keyboarding CoWeb by rendering the
- Videotaped a TI session.
- Have numerous TI transcripts from students showing both their spontaneous
interactions as well as their required interactions.
- Number of artifacts created by each student in TI and the number of rooms
for the students.
- Results of brainstorming among students when I asked them to think about
what role the teacher has in on-line discussions.
- Results of a survey of students asking them how they thought I should use
these tools (TI, CoWeb, Discussion group) next year.
What This Tells Me
TI seems to be the most popular of the activities and discussion groups rank
at the bottom in students' opinions. CoWeb is also high on their list as a way
for them to interact. Furthermore, they find learning using these tools is
valuable. In short, supplementing the standard interactions in class with those
provided by TI and the CoWeb are very empowering for students.
For the short term, as the school year winds down, I'll focus my efforts on
actively publicizing the positive results from this project so that others in
the school may make use of them. For the longer term, I intend to rework the
reflection website so that I can start with it as soon as school starts next
year and plan for how to introduce the CoWeb and discussion groups to the
students. I'll also ask the folks at TI about the feasibility of getting
year-long accounts for the students. Before the school year ends, I'll get
more feedback from students about their perceptions of our progress and the
usefulness of these tools.
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