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Action Research – Post for Week 3

July 31, 2010
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This week in my Masters’ course on action research, we are required to post our action research plan to our blogs so that our classmates may offer suggestions. I will qualify this posting with the following information…

Due to past action research on the implementation of mobile technologies in the classroom, our board has agreed to change our district policy to allow individual campuses to write their own Telecommunications and Electronic Devices Policy – provided that there are certain age-appropriate, uniform items that are followed by all campuses (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). This action research plan is a small portion of the action research we will be conducting as we move into the realm of allowing mobile technologies on our campuses.

Having said that – here is my plan – I apologize for any goofy formatting.


Action Research: Kim Estes EDLD 5301 – ET8007

Goal: The goal of this action research is to study the impact of campus level Telecommunications and Electronic  Devices policies on related discipline referrals and instances of training and integration of mobile technologies in the curriculum.

Action Step(s) Person(s) Responsible Timeline:

Start-End

Resources Needed Evaluation
1. Send out district wide surveys  to staff by grade levels (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) regarding mobile technology use on campus by staff and students to determine current policies, practices, and biases. Kim Estes – Learning Technologies Coach for Secondary 9/1/2010 – 9/15/2010
  • Google Forms
  • District Email
Data will be disaggregated for use with Telecommunications and Electronic Devices Policy committee members.
2. Facilitate the creation of committees for each grade level (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) with a representative from each campus, parents, administrators, and students to begin drafting the campus Telecommunications and Electronic Devices Policy (District-Wide portion) Kim Estes – Learning Technologies Coach for Secondary

Teresa Sumrall – Learning Technologies Coach for Elementary

Sandra Hines – Director of Learning Technologies

9/1/2010 – 9/15/2010
  • District website
  • District Email
Completion of teams for each grade level area (5-5, 6-8, 9-12).
3. Organize and Facilitate meetings of the CTED (Campus Telecommunications and Electronic Device) Policy committee to establish uniform, district-wide policies on usage of these devices for campuses. Kim Estes – Learning Technologies Coach for Secondary

Teresa Sumrall – Learning Technologies Coach for Elementary

Sandra Hines – Director of Learning Technologies

9/15/2010 – 10/1/2010
  • District Email
  • Onine respository for documents and collaboration (FirstClass Social Media)
  • Meeting rooms
The CTED Policy committee will work together to create base-line district policy for each grade level (K-5, 6-8, 9-10) regarding telecommunications and electronic devices.
4. Present district-wide  and campus policies by grade level  (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) to appropriate district administrators and the School Board to receive approval of policy. Kim Estes – Learning Technologies Coach for Secondary

Teresa Sumrall – Learning Technologies Coach for Elementary

Sandra Hines – Director of Learning Technologies

10/1/2010 – 10/15/2010
  • Presentation software
  • Completed copies of district-level CTEP policies
  • Scheduled time to present to the board (pending administrator approval)
Approval or Denial of the policy will be granted:

  • Upon approval we will move forward with campus policies
  • Upon denial we will re-work the district-level policy to meet board approval
5. Upon approval of district-level uniform policy for CTED Policy – create campus-based teams of Learning Technologies Campus Liaisons,  Instructional Coaches, Teachers, administrators, parents, and students to write campus-level policy to correlate with the district-level CTED policy. Kim Estes – Learning Technologies Coach for Secondary

Teresa Sumrall – Learning Technologies Coach for Elementary

Sandra Hines – Director of Learning Technologies

Learning Technology Campus Liaisons

Instructional Coaches

10/15/2010-11/1/2010
  • District Email
  • Onine respository for documents and collaboration (FirstClass Social Media)
  • Meeting rooms
Each campus will have a completed campus policy that reflects the district-level requirements but also allows for campuses to adjust the CTEP to fit the needs of their learners.
6. Inform staff, students, parents, and community members of the new policy and implementation dates. Learning Technologies Department

District PR Department

Campus Administrators

11/1/2010-1/31/2011
  • Posts on district and campus websites
  • Fliers send home with students
  • PR with local press and in district newsletter
  • District Email
  • Activate District Calling system with this announcement
Notification of all stakeholders of new policy. Process in place for asking/answering questions. Process in place for handling discipline based on non-compliance of new policy (tracked for data for action research).
7.Gather data on:

  • related discipline referrals/behavior after implementation of the policy.
  • instances of curricular integration of mobile technologies after implementation.
  • requests for and attendance in training on curricular integration of mobile technologies
  • Reflections, interviews and surveys of stakeholders on overall policy, procedures, and implementation
Learning Technologies Department

Instructional Coaches

Learning Technologies Campus Liaisons

Campus Administrators

11/1/2010 – 6/5/2011
  • Classroom Observations
  • Student work and grades
  • Surveys, reflections, and interviews of stakeholders
  • Data from Skyward Discipline (referrals)
  • Data from Eduphoria Workshop (training)
  • Photography and video of related activities
Quantitative and Qualitative data regarding the impact of the CTED Policy on each campus in the district and on specific classroom environments on that campus (where integration occured).
8.Disaggregate and present data from action research to:

  • Policy Committees
  • Campuses (staff and administrators)
  • School board
  • Students, parents, community stakeholders
  • the educational community
Learning Technologies Department

District PR Department

6/5/2011 – 8/1/2011
  • Meetings with each campus
  • Meetings with related district administrators
  • Schedule presentation time with school board
  • Publication of findings on BISD website and in local newspapers
  • Presentation of findings at local and state conferences (travel budget permitting) i.e. TCEA, Region XI, etc.
Findings presented in an appropriate format for the audience and purpose.
9. Make an necessary changes or improvements to CTED policies based on data and monitor plan annually. Learning Technologies Department

Instructional Coaches

Learning Technologies Campus Liaisons

Campus Administrators

6/5/2011 – 6/5/2012
  • Meetings with each campus committee
  • Regular follow-up to provide support and gather data by the Learning Technologies Department
Policies will be updated as needed and evaluated annually for their effectiveness and appropriateness for each campus.

I used the PIP/SIP template provided in our text.

Resources:
Harris, S., Edmonson, S., & Combs, J. (2009). Examining what we do to improve our schools: 9 steps from analysis to action. Larchmont, N.Y.: Eye on Education.


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3 Responses to Action Research – Post for Week 3

  1. La Sheonda MartinNo Gravatar on July 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Kim, this area of study is where all of us will be going in the future, you are just going there before many others. This technology is pervasive everywhere except in our schools. It makes so much since to incorporate it in a positive way instead of keeping our schools way behind the “real world.” I will be excited to see the results of your study. Hopefully many others will follow. The benefits of using this technology, teaching our students to use it an educational setting, and motivating our students at school all make sense, rather than keeping this technology out of the school setting as has been done thus far.

  2. Norm SandsNo Gravatar on July 31, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I certainly hope you shout the results of this from the rooftops. So many are so quick to say “No cell phones in schools – period.” without giving it any rational thought. I love the way you are connecting this to discipline referrals. I was just wondering about Skyward data (since I don’t have access to disciplien referral data with the Skyward access I have as a teacher in my district). When a student is referred for “using a cell phone” is that all it says or are you able to see more specifically why they were referred (the teacher “description of incident”)? The reason I ask is…there are different ways a student could be “caught” using a phone. They could be turning it on and a teacher sees it, they could be inputting a class reminder in their phone’s “notes” area, or they could be texting (or worse) calling a friend or relative for a non-school related conversation. This type of specific data would be useful in your study and I was just wondering if you would have a way to quantify the infractions.

    • MamaEstesNo Gravatar on July 31, 2010 at 5:59 pm

      Yes, Norm, we will have a way to quantify the infractions. When the campus writes it’s TED policy – the specific cell phone uses, places, and rules will be set. So the infractions will be easy to spot when the teacher completes the referral form. (They have to write WHY they’re writing up a kid). When we go over the new policy – because phones will be in allowed in some areas at certain times – and in any classroom where the teacher has allowed it for educational purposes only and with written (and POSTED) rules and consequences, no one should be written up for having a phone unless they’re in a no-phone zone (and they will be clearly marked – teachers will be given laminated signs to use to indicate their preference and anyone integrating cell phone technology has to work with me to do it so that they’re trained). The teacher has to be very specific with the infraction information when writing a student up for cell phone issues. I have ZERO access to anything in Skyward, but the academic AP on the campus is working with me and will pull that data as she can see all the infraction data to help sort the referrals. Did that answer your questions…or was it clear as mud?

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