Essential Question: How will you use Action Research to evaluate technology in your classroom?
What is action research? To me, action research is when one looks at their practice and wants to change something in it. According to Wikipedia, people use “action research as either research initiated to solve an immediate problem or to improve the way they address issues and solve problems.”
Using action research, I will look at the problem of students participating in class. With the program Kahoot, I will go though the steps of action research to see if I can tell a difference in the ways students participate. The seven steps from the article “The What, Why and How of Classroom Action Research,” which I listed in my first blog, will help me through the process.
I then will use action research to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology being used in my classroom. As I am looking at the various levels of participation in Kahoot, I will evaluate students’ use of technology and see where it is holding students up or helping them. Merriam & Tisdell (2009) found that one of the keys of action research involves active participation. I think what I am doing will have invite active participation. They also mentioned that action research is not done on participants but with participants. This is a big difference between assessing students through things like standardized tests and evaluating students’ performance as they are actually working, using a formative assessment tool like Kahoot. Ultimately, if a teacher can monitor students’ use of technology with action research while students are doing a task, the teacher can make adjustments immediately.
I have used action research before in my classroom, but I did it with a group project. It was interesting to see the results that we got from our study. I look forward to this study and the results that it will bring. Even though action research involves a long process and takes some hard work to set up, I think it will help me become a more responsive teacher in the classroom, which will benefit students.
Action research. (2015). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved, September 18, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Action_research&oldid=679578292
The What, Why and How of Classroom Action Research. (2015). Retrieved September 2, 2015, from http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/viewFile/1589/1588.
Merriam, S., & Tisdell E. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.