Thursday, January 31, 2013

Action Planning Template – Lori Ramsey
Goal:  To Incorporate Technology into the Elementary Classrooms in an Effective Way
Action Steps(s):
Person(s) Responsible:
Timeline: Start/End
Needed Resources

Research District Goals related to technology and observe the use of technology in classrooms.

Lori Ramsey

January 2013

District Website

Compare district goals to current practices in classrooms.

Determine which classes I will be observing and meet with teachers

Lori Ramsey
Renee’ Cummings, Teachers involved

January 2013-February 2013

List of third grade classrooms

Create a chart to use to record technology use in the classroom.

Lori Ramsey

February 2013

Excel spreadsheet, list of available technology.

Determine when I will observe the classes and create a schedule.

Lori Ramsey,
Renee’ Cummings,

February 2013

Excel spreadsheet, list of technology available, schedule of the use of technology.

Principal’s approval of schedule
Collect data to include use of technology, as well as district benchmarks and STARR tests.

Lori Ramsey

February 2013- April 2014

Excel spreadsheet

Results or benchmarks and state tests.
Compare the data of the classroom that used technology and the ways it was used to the classroom that did not use technology.

Lori Ramsey

December 2013-May 2014

Benchmarks, STAAR, and other data collected

Analyze the results and establish growth trends of the students.

Lori Ramsey

December 2013-May 2014

Results of the Study

Results of comparison
 Reflect upon findings and draw conclusions; discuss with principal and assistant principals.

Lori Ramsey, Principals

December 2013 -  May 2014

 Data from study

Results of the study

Plan and implement a program with all classes using technology.

Lori Ramsey, Instructional technology and Curriculum team

May 2014


Continue to observe technology used in the classrooms and look for new ways to increase effectiveness.

Lori Ramsey

May 2014

Continuous research on current trends

Saturday, January 26, 2013

This has been a week full of new inquires prompted not only from the reading we have been doing for our research class, but also the classes and meetings I have been a part of for my district.  It seems that there are many areas that deserve action based research, and narrowing my topic was difficult.  After talking to my site supervisor, I was able to focus on the primary area of my job which is technology.  I love seeing the students come alive when given technology like iPads.  I was in classes this week that were using  them not just for the apps that allow practicing basic skills, but to create and share ideas in a collaborative way which requires much more critical thinking.  My action research project will focus on the ways technology is used and how it affects academic achievement.  I am still working on the details as to which classes I will be observing, and what measures I will use.  But I believe the outcomes of this study will allow me to be better in my job in providing meaningful and effective practices with technology.  This will, in turn provide our students with the much needed technological skills that will be required in middle and high school and even beyond - at least I hope.  I want to be the leader in this area that teachers need to see and hope that by providing meaningful trainings, I will help create a positive attitude in staff towards the changes that are coming.

This is a picture of some of our youngest students working with the iPads. ( I just had to share.)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Educational Blogging

Educational leaders could use blogs in many ways.  One would be to keep a school blog to communicate with parents and the community outside the school.  Testing schedules, programs, and school events could be shared this way.  Also, educational resources for parents could be posted.

Another way an educational leader could use blogs would be to communicate with classroom teachers or staff members.  Meeting notes, announcements, and schedules could all be shared through blogging.


In order for schools and districts to keep up with the ever changing world, everyone from the superintendent down must constantly be asking reflective questions and searching for new and better ways to do things, and this requires ACTION RESEARCH.  Action Research starts with an introspective look at how things are going and posing a question.  For a principal it would mean looking at the decisions he or she has made and seeing what worked and what did not.  Once an area of concern arises, the principal must look for solutions by studying data like test scores or talking to teachers or students about ways to solve the problem.  He could talk to others in his position and see what worked for them or conduct research related to the problem.  Once he has a solution in place he would evaluate to see if the solution was working like it should, and the process continues from here, posing questions and actively searching for answers.  If a principal or leader only researches and makes changes based on the finding of others, he is falling back into the traditional research methods that were discussed in the book.   ACTION RESEARCH continues in somewhat of a spiral so that the school environment is always changing and becoming better.

ACTION RESEARCH is a great way for any teacher or leader to stay current and not become satisfied with mediocrity.  It is a way to ensure professional growth in myself and in those that teach and work around me.  As we all grow as professionals and as we seek answers through action research, our classrooms and school environment will improve, thus, the support for this type of reflective research.  I look forward to learning about and using this type of inquiry as I become an educational leader.