Week 1: EDET 636 Essential Question: What is classroom research and how can it improve technology integration in my classroom?
Classroom research is looking at your practice and things that you would like to improve and reflect on. I think classroom research and action research is the same. McNiff (2002), states that, “Action Research is a term which refers to a practical way of looking at your own work to check as you would like it to be.” I think this can improve technology integration in my classroom by looking at my practice and seeing where and what I need to improve on.
Action research is when you look at yourself and do research on why you do things the way you do. Some times you don’t realize you do something until you really look at yourself or even how someone else observe you. I remember when I first started teaching. I didn’t realize that I said, “UM” a lot or that I tend to look at one side of the classroom than the other. This type of research is good for you to grow. After I realized what I was doing I made an effort to work on those and correct the mistakes that I was making.
Classroom research can improve technology integration in my classroom because if I know what I can do or what I need work on then I would more likely improve in that area and as a results improve technology integration in my classroom. Looking at what needs improvement is the easiest part. So if you look at your class and see what you would like your students to do more. For me, I would like to see more participation. When I ask a question I often get a few responses. I think many students are shy or don’t want to say the wrong answer. I am going to look in starting Kahoot in my classroom for my research project and see what a impact that will make in my classes.
How does one go about and conduct a classroom action research? In the article, “The What, Why and How of Classroom Action Research” it list steps that you can follow.
Step One: Identify a question or problem: This should be something related to student learning in your classroom.
Step Two: Review Literature: You need to gather two types of information background and data.
Step Three: Plan a research strategy: Try to gather as least three types of data (student test scores, evaluations, and observation of the student behavior.)
Step Four: Gather Data: Gather your notes that you have been using.
Step Five: Make sense of the data: look at your data and look for findings.
Step Six: Take Action: Use your findings to make decisions.
Step Seven: Share your findings: Share with your team of teachers you work with.
I found these steps to be useful for when I start my action research project. I can look back and look at the steps so I don’t forget anything. So I am looking at researching the effectiveness of Kahoot in the classroom. I want to see if it makes a difference in participation in the classroom. I look forward to see what my findings show me.
McNiff, J. (2002). Action Research For Professional Development. Retrieved September 2, 2015, from http://www.jeanmcniff.com/ar-booklet.asp
Rauch, F., Schuster, A., Stern, T., Pribila, M., & Townsend, A. (Eds.). (2014). Promoting Change through Action Reseach. Retrieved September 2, 2015, from https://www.sensepublishers.com/media/2101-promoting-change-through-action-research.pdf
The What, Why and How of Classroom Action Research. (2015). Retrieved September 2, 2015, from http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/viewFile/1589/1588