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1 Studying the Integration of Technology into Teaching through an On- Line Action Research Course: A Statewide Model of Professional Development Joanne Arhar, Kent State University 1

2 Ohio Standards for Professional Development is a purposeful, structured and continuous process that occurs over time is informed by multiple sources of data collaborative includes varied learning experiences that accommodate individual educators knowledge and skills evaluated by its short- and long- term impact on professional practice and achievement of all students results in the acquisition, enhancement or refinement of skills and knowledge 2

3 eTech Ohio Professional Development Grants $400,000 from Ohio Legislature for $20,000 per team of teachers for hardware, software, substitute teachers, travel Priority given to school districts designated as academic emergency, academic watch or continuous improvement 3

4 Goals of Grant Enhance teachers abilities to integrate technology into teaching of academic content standards to improve student learning Expand teachers knowledge of AR Provide opportunity for collaboration Share research with others to expand knowledge base of teaching with technology 4

5 Excellent Effective Continuous Improvement Academic Emergency 5

6 1 H G Blake ElementaryMedina City 2 Hudson High SchoolHudson City 3 North Olmstead High SchoolNorth Olmstead City 4 Washington ElementaryAshtabula Area Schools 5 Willow ElementaryCleveland Municipal 6 Botkins ElementHaryBotkins Local 7 Green Springs ElementaryClyde-Green Springs Schools 8 Sandusky High SchoolSandusky City Schools 9 Wayne Trace High SchoolWayne Trace Local 10 Wilson Vance ElementaryWilson Vance E. S. City 11 Fairborn High SchoolFairborn City 12 National Trail Middle SchoolNational Trail Local 13 Newton Falls High SchoolNewton Falls Exempted 14 Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S.-Huntington High SchoolR.U.L.H. Schools 15 World of Wonder Community School Montgomery County 16 Alliance Middle SchoolAlliance City Schools 17 Crestview ElementaryCrestview Local 18 Marietta Middle SchoolMarietta City 19 Newark High SchoolNewark City 20 Summit PrimaryLicking Heights 6

7 Action Research and Emerging Technology Teachers take on-line AR course to study the use of technology and share learnings state-wide. –Schools want research on use of emerging technology –AR provides framework for evaluation and professional development 7

8 Action research is a form of inquiry designed to improve our practice by using professional (informed) eyes to observe our own work. 8

9 We collaborate with others…to enhance the power of our learning. And we face the challenges we meet with action and analysis, sharing the results for the larger community to critique. Holly, Arhar, & Kasten (2005) 9

10 Characteristics of Action Research Ethical Commitment Cycle of Reflective Practice Collaboration Made Public 10

11 Creating a Knowledge Base about Teaching As teachers assess their work and share what they are learning with others, they can contribute to a knowledge base about teaching with technology to enhance student learning. 11

12 Organization of Each Session Topic Critical Colleague Chat Power Point Presentation Readings Discussion Board Assignment 12

13 On-Line Community Funding awarded to teams AR projects conducted by teams Face to face meetings Critical colleague chats Discussion board assignments Weekly blogs Weekly announcements Studies published to eTech web page 13

14 Questions Action Researchers Ask 1.What is my research interest? 2.What will I try out in order to improve my practice? 3.How will I document the process? 4.How will I verify that my judgments are trustworthy and credible? 14

15 5.How will I ensure that ethical procedures are in place? 6.How will I portray what I have learned and make it public? 7.How will it make life better and what will I do next? Who are my critical colleagues? 15

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18 Action research is the journey a teacher takes to improve teaching. More importantly, it is a journey in the company of friends. 18

19 What is our research interest? What did we try out? What did we learn? In what ways, if any, has our teaching changed? What is the role of technology in our professional development? What is the role of critical colleagues in changing our teaching? What is the role of technology in critical colleague relations? 19

20 What is our research interest? North Olmsted H. S. How can we improve our students listening and speaking skills through the implementation of podcasting technology? 20

21 N. Olmsted H. S. Our students exhibited low skill levels in both speaking and listening. We were looking for something that would be new, novel and fun. There must be some way to motivate them to practice these skills. iPods-They have them. Lets use them. 21

22 What did we try out? North Olmsted H. S. Listening to podcasts both inside and outside of the classroom Allowing students to create their own podcasts to support higher level thinking Student self-critique Posting teacher and student podcasts to the web to allow others to hear and critique them Podcasting lessons Podcasting instructions to projects 22

23 What did we learn? North Olmsted H. S. Perceptions of and attitudes toward listening and speaking exercises have improved as students create/post pod casts, and listen to other pod casts Listening skills have improved with practice using iPods within and out of class 23

24 In what ways, if any, has our teaching changed? North Olmsted H. S. More freedom of expression for students Student-centered classroom No wasted class time during teacher absence Ability to better showcase student work to parents and the community 24

25 What is the role of technology in our professional development? North Olmsted H. S. Technology opens doors It keeps us as up-to-date as our students are Encourages higher levels of thinking Supports multiple intelligences and different modes of learning Never-ending possibilities 25

26 What is the role of critical colleagues in changing our teaching? North Olmsted H. S. Critiques and view from the outside Advising from experience It is never too late to learn If you love it, the kids will love it! 26

27 What is the role of technology in critical colleague relations? North Olmsted H. S. Allows for constant communication (when the networks arent down!) Helps to allow for quick and easy dissemination of data Sharing of great ideas made easy 27

28 What is our research interest? Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S. How can we: Improve standardized test results in both math and science; improve students technology skills; increase student participation in classroom activities? Target group: Freshmen class

29 What did we try out? Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S. Incorporated SMART Boards into algebra, geometry, information technology and chemistry/physics lesson plans Incorporated personal response systems into informational technology and chemistry/physics classes 29

30 What did we learn? Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S. Student motivation increased Student participation increased Classes and teaching were revitalized Students felt empowered about their own learning 30

31 In what ways, if any, has our teaching changed? Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S. Provided variety to classroom instruction Lesson plans have been revised and rejuvenated Presentations can be reviewed and absent students have access to classroom lessons Provided instant feedback 31

32 What is the role of technology in our professional development? As experts we can lead professional development sessions encouraging teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms Encourages us to further our own knowledge base concerning technology in the classroom 32

33 What is the role of critical colleagues in changing our teaching? Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S. We have had the opportunity to share ideas and lessons across the curriculum We are accountable to each other and to our students to provide high quality education 33

34 What is the role of technology in critical colleague relations? Ripley-Union-Lewis H. S. Provides instant access to presentations, lesson plans and concerns Provides sharing of ideas throughout various districts 34

35 What is our research interest? Wilson Vance E. S. Using podcasting to focus on learning vocabulary and motivating students while increasing reading comprehension and standardized test scores. 35

36 What did we try out? Wilson Vance E. S. Students created audio and video pod casts to provide direct vocabulary instruction for their peers. 36

37 What did we learn? Wilson Vance E. S. Third graders are proud to share their work with peers and like being authorities. Students quickly become critical listeners when working with audio. Students re-listen to pod casts and seek out specific topics. 37

38 In what ways has our teaching changed? Wilson Vance E. S. Seek new content resources and uses for iPod delivery Incorporate more media use into classroom activities View peer tutoring more positively More disciplined about adjusting practices 38

39 What is the role of technology in our professional development? Wilson Vance E. S. Locating resources Networking Troubleshooting Collecting documentation 39

40 What is the role of critical colleagues in changing our teaching? Wilson Vance E. S. Keeps us accountable Share a vision and values but different perspectives Provide support to be unique and promote change 40

41 What is the role of technology in critical colleague relations? Communication is the key to these relations Technology is the communication tool That tool takes on many forms: discussions boards, , file sharing, and instant messaging 41

42 How Has Teaching Changed? More student centered Greater variety in teaching strategies More effective use of data to modify instruction More effective in dealing with teacher/student absences Increased student learning 42

43 Role of Critical Colleagues Honest, non-judgmental critique and support gives courage to try out new ideas Role models for one another Share ideas across the curriculum Shared accountability Shared vision with different perspectives 43

44 Role of Technology in Professional Development Encourages higher level thinking Supports different ways of learning Increases motivation to learn Increases access to resources Enables networking, troubleshooting Assists in documentation 44

45 Role of Technology in Critical Colleague Relations A tool for communication and collaboration to improve student learning within and beyond critical colleague groups. 45

46 On-Line Action Research Supports High Quality Professional Development 46

47 Critical colleagues honest yet non-judgmental role models who stretch us in new directions talented inquisitive strive to meet individual needs humorous and smart The days of closing the classroom door are over. 47

48 What are we learning through sharing? School board meetings School web sites Face to face meetings eTech Conference eTech web page Media blogs TV Faculty meetings Hallway conversations 48

49 What are we Learning Through Sharing? View colleagues as authorities Networks are formal and informal How best to use the internet to share?? 49

50 Impact? Legislature wants teachers to use technology and be accountable in terms of student learning. How best to document this given that so much of learning is difficult to document. 50

51 What are we learning from documenting? blogs on-line data mgt systems video recordings student work: podcasts, saved interactive white board work; spreadsheets created on palm pilots AR analytic memos 51

52 Nature of documentation has changed Accountability Value added progress 52

53 Impact? Network of teacher scholars in Ohio whose critically reflective conversations are becoming a part of ordinary practice. 53


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