Essential Question: 636: How will data collection “look” for me? What challenges am I anticipating?
My research project is going to involve using Kahoot in my classroom. I want to see if there is a difference in student participation when using an online tool. So my data collection will mostly be through observation. I also plan to survey the students about their experiences using the online tool.
Why do I think that observation is the best for data collection? I can see first hand how many students are participating by how many answers appear on the board. Observation is the best technique to use when an activity can be observed first hand (Merriam & Tisdell, 2009). This will make it easy to see who is participating and what percentage of the students in a class are participating.
What challenges do I anticipate? Well I know, for one, I have to worry about the computer batteries dying on the students. Initially, I had wanted to do this project with all of my classes so I could compare results across a range of students and classes. I may have to do just one class. Or I may spread out the research over different days, so I can charge the computers overnight. The thing about these computers is they are old and, by the time my last class gets on, most of the batteries may be dead. Quite frustrating! I need to be able to observe what portion of the class is participating. Often, in my normal classroom setting, I will only get responses from a few students, or the same ones will answer. I am hoping that Kahoot will give those shy students a voice and increase participation. One thing you can do is download the data and produce a spreadsheet showing all of the participants and the questions they answered (Maddox, 2014). That is very awesome and good thing to know. Maddox also talks about having the students use their real names because some will use silly or inappropriate names. I can see that happening with my group of students. She did say we have the option to kick out a name, but I will have them use their real names to avoid that. Other that these issues, I don’t see anything else that will be challenging—or at least not yet.
I know I still have much to do to make sure that this Kahoot project goes smoothly with my classes. I want to make sure that I know how to make a quiz or questions. I will have to play around with it for a bit. I am sure there are other features that Kahoot has that I will figure out. I will have to research the literature more and check to see what they have on YouTube showing how it works. I am confident that, despite the technological obstacles I face in my school, I will find a way to get Kahoot running smoothly so that I can complete my research. I also believe the students are going to love it.
Merriam, S., & Tisdell, E. (2009). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Maddox, J. (2014). Exploring School Counseling. Retrieved September 30, 2015, from http://exploringschoolcounseling.blogspot.com/2014/12/making-data-collection-fun-with-kahoot.html