Action Plan

AR Focus Statement

The purpose of my action research is to foster parental involvement with technology tools to communicate effectively and collaborate with the school.  Through this research, I am trying to improve upon the standard already in place with regards to communicative and learning technology tools.

Forecast Video


Target Audience Details

Kindergarten students using technology– an example to show how parents can use technology too (collaboration and involvement)

Target Audience:

The target audience is kindergarten parents.  The number of those participating is about 20 parents.  They are African-American or mixed and are low to middle income.  The surrounding area that they come from is urban in nature but has all that the students and their families need from playgrounds to libraries to stores, etc.  Within the school, they have at least two computer labs, netbook carts, and classroom laptops at their disposal.  At their homes, most of the families have a working computer or laptop and access to a phone for alternative method of communication.

Time:  3-6 months from initial implementation to completion

Environment and learners:

– Catholic elementary school

– some technology resources on hand for multiple person use (netbooks, computers– located in computer lab, internet access)

– 15-20 parents and 20 students

Implementation Process

Goal:  The goal of my action research project is to improve the communication and involvement between parents and schools using technology.

Timeline (2011-2012):

Cycle 1

October- observation and preparation of materials such as surveys and discussion with parents to assess needs; identifying programs and software to use

November- pre-survey distribution and collection; data analysis

December- sharing of results with parents (review); initial resources provided via posting online

Cycle 2

January- check in to website to assess visits and use; mid-term questionnaire to determine if resources were working appropriately

February- journal/critical friend interview

March- dispersing of post-survey; collection of surveys and sharing of results in presentation (slideshow format)

April- finalizing of project

Technology Tools:

e-mail service; online school information system; computers/laptops; websites

Role/Expectation of Target Audience:

I.  My role

–  present, evaluate, and provide feedback throughout the project to the target audience

II.  My plan for implementation

The following elements will be completed by the target audience.

  • interviews (parents):  The interviews will not be done on a continuing basis.  I will implement them towards the middle part of Cycle 2 to allow time for trial and error, testing, application, and other feedback.
  • online surveys through Google Docs (paper copy is available to all just in case the Internet is not available to them):  The main surveys that I have set up right now through Google Docs are the pre and post-survey.  I may add another if I see that one is needed.  This online survey format for the parents is easy to administer and receive comments, etc. but can be of the most use if most of the parents participate.
  • website assessments (built in to learning website):  I am currently testing out some learning resources for students to work on with their parents that have available assessments that I can check in on.  I have had some difficulty so far because of the lack of communication and computer access outside of school by parents and students.  I have offered and no one has accepted the option to use computers and laptops available at the school during a scheduled time.
  • observation (by teacher when feasible)
  • Resources:  There are no outside or alternative resources needed right now. Google Docs provides a location for information or data to be entered and tabulated.

These are the ways in which parents and students will be communicated with and learning resources will be delivered.

Parents:

–  e-mail (connected to SchoolNotes page)

–  phone

–  online websites (SchoolNotes and Google teacher website)

–  podcast used for reflective journal (audio)

–  Screenflow/iMovie for interview (audio and visual)

–  Websites (suggested list, not all are or will be used)

Game Classroom

Time4Learning

Edmodo

eLearning4Kids

Schoology

Assessment Tools:

Cycle 1: Pre-Survey

Pre-survey minus demographics section (older screenshot)

–  gauge students’ and parents’ needs and focus content and resources on that

–  determine where to go with feedback and whether to re-send to garner more input and interaction from others

Using Technology Pre-Survey

Cycle 2: Post-Survey

–  garner suggestions and opportunities for change moving ahead that will continue to aid parents and students in learning and communicating

–  looking for long-term ideas to come from the project and experience

–  create graphs and other visuals to share the information with school and classroom families

Using Technology Post-Survey

Describe how and why you created your pre/post assessment tools.

All tools (elements) were created to ensure that project runs smoothly and to note any advancement or deficits and to promote the outcome of learning and communication growth.  They were created through the use of the Internet, integrated software on computer, and software like Google Docs and Microsoft Office.  In terms of the assessments, a variety was chosen to address the different elements of the AR as I go through the process.  The formative assessments allow for parents of differing abilities and access to respond to the project.  Through the formative assessments, I am able to focus on the process thus far and moving forward as well as determining what other educational ways that I can assist parents (and students) with communication and learning as growth occur.

What type of data do you expect to collect using the assessment tool you created?

1.  Qualitative

a.  interviews

b.  observations

c.  reflective journals

2.  Quantitative

a.  Google Docs pre and post-surveys

b.  website assessments

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