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.)