Saturday, October 27, 2012

EDLD 5301: Week 3 Action Research Plan

Action Planning Template
Goal: To improve technology integration in the classroom while enhancing student learning.
Action Steps(s):
Person(s) Responsible:
Timeline: Start/End
Needed Resources
Evaluate the current use of technology in the classroom.

Aleida Benavides-Meza, Site Supervisor, Technology Coordinator, Campus Administrators
October 2012 – May 2013
Classroom observations and walkthroughs.  
Will meet with principal and technology director to assess how teachers use available technology at beginning and conclusion of action research. Ensure that curriculum and technology integration is aligned with TEKS and district objectives.
Conduct survey to identify teacher’s current technology proficiency.

Aleida Benavides-Meza, Technology Coordinator, Teachers
October 2012
Survey, research how to create teacher technology proficiency survey.
Review and analyze teacher responses.
Create and implement professional development technology trainings.

Aleida Benavides-Meza, Technology Coordinator, Technology Department Director
October 2012 – May 2013
Campus available technology equipment, internet connection, power point presentation.
Assess the effectiveness of professional development trainings, evaluate that all campus-base staff development is conducted in accordance with district standards, and that the goals and objectives of all staff development are to improve achievement and performance of students and campus.
Collaborate with teachers to facilitate technology integration in the classroom
Aleida Benavides-Meza, Technology Coordinator, Teachers
October 2012 – May 2013

Computers, campus available technology, individual facilitation, group meetings, assistance with technology integration lessons, model appropriate technology integration, and assist teacher with the integration of technology as a medium for learning.
Ongoing evaluation of the facilitation and technology integration in every classroom.
Collect and analyze data.

Aleida Benavides-Meza, Technology Coordinator

October 2012 – May 2013
Administrator observations, walkthrough information, teacher feedback, computer lab reports.
Compare collected data from beginning, and end of action research. Assess and evaluate the benefits of technology integration in the classroom. Evaluate if technology integration improved student performance.
Compile action research to report results.
Aleida Benavides-Meza
May 2013
Available data of technology integration in classroom.
Assess the benefits of technology integration in the classroom. Present results to campus administrators and teachers.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

EDLD 5301: Week 2 Reflection

This week’s assignment provided me with the opportunity to view and read about experienced leaders and the types of action research they have conducted within their campuses. I was able to learn something new from each of them. I specifically liked what Dr. Timothy Chargios said about continuing to educate ourselves, the analogy that green shows that you are growing and brown that you are dying, could not be more accurate in our field. If new and experienced teachers do not continue to participate in professional development and stay informed about new instructional strategies, then they fail to impact more students. I also agree with Dr. Kirk Lewis advice about action research, his suggestion was that we need to focus on action research that is practical so that students can benefit more.  I really enjoyed reading and becoming more knowledgeable about the nine areas of major wondering in many schools.  The readings gave me a better understanding of different possible issues that can be good inquiries for an action research. I was able to relate to several issues that are currently present in my school campus, but that previous to this week’s reading I didn’t recognized them as possible action research topics.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

EDLD 5301: Week 1 How Educational Leaders Might Use Blogs

Administrators can use blogs, as a tool to reflect on ongoing action research, it also provides them with a feature that enables other to post feedback that can potentially assist them. They can also use their blog as a daily journal to share and model journal writing among student.

EDLD 5301: Week 1 What I Have Learned About Action Research

What I have learned about action research is that it is a continuous spiral that is vital in every school setting to help insure that schools are always operating according to state and district guidelines. The process requires administrators to continuously engage in inquiry; administrators need to find the time to actively identify and research current problems. Action research provides administrators with the opportunity to collaborate with all stakeholders; they collect and analyze data, assess the results and use them to formulate plans of action, as well as evaluating and modifying the plan as needed. The method provides administrators with the required knowledge to facilitate and implement the plan to solve or improve the problem.
After meeting with my site supervisor and analyzing current problems within our campus, we decided that it was vital to conduct an action research in the issue of technology integration in the classroom. The proposed inquiry will allow me to actively engage and collaborate with all teachers and staff. With the guidance of my site supervisor I will conduct classroom technology integration teacher surveys, which will provide me with the necessary data to identify the main issues that are currently preventing classroom teacher from using the available technology in their classrooms.  The survey will also identify current areas that need the design and implementation of technology professional developments, to facilitate the use of technology in every classroom.