Week Nine: The Nitty Gritty

This week, we will finalize the literature review for our study, form our question and begin to devise our methodology and survey instruments. I will copy and paste all of the literature reviews and bibliographies into one list in Google Drive, where we can begin to edit them into one flowing document. We then need to form a question as a result of the literature, and look at the data collection methodologies most useful to us. We have the following as options:

  1. Questionnaires
  2. Focus Groups
  3. Individual Interviews
  4. Document Analysis (student work)
  5. Random student work in the world through video analysis.

Remember that we don’t have to use all of these data collection methodologies. It is most important to collect the RIGHT data to inform our question – not to collect as much data as possible.

These resources could help as you consider data collection methodologies:

  1. Methods of data collection in qualitative research: interviews and focus groups
  2. Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method
  3. Four methods for collecting qualitative research

I suggest that we all work synchronously in the Google Document on Tuesday (determination of the question) and on Friday evening (finalization of the data collection methodology & protocol)  for 1 hour each time – (suggested time 6:00 – 7:00 PM).

Ideally we would have our entire proposal done by Friday.

There are a few things we need to get tied up before #givercraft starts.

  1. Student Username Roster for Wikispaces Accounts – Mia distributes
  2. Be sure that Scenario 1 is changed in all places to reflect year 9 not year 8 – Amanda & Lindsey
  3. Match Screenshots of examples with Rubric Levels – Amanda
  4. Testing the server with 30 students – Thomas
  5. Responding to new teachers and welcoming them in Google Groups – Everyone
  6. Planning handshake documents (everyone w/Lori as coordinator)
  7. Creation of the documents to collect student data/award badges during the experience (part of our methodology?)

Other than that – I recommend we cut off registration at 55 teachers. Mia says some time slots are filling.

We discussed yesterday evening that teacher commitment would be gauged on 3 factors:

  1. Introduction in the Google Group
  2. Creation of their initial Wikispaces Page
  3. Submission of student roster with names

I do think it’s important for us to continue to blog, as it’s a way to collect data about our own experiences through the journey. At the end of this week, let’s use the SPRINT reflective blog structure:

  1. What have I done this week?
  2. How do I feel about my progress?
  3. What do I still need to do?
  4. How can others help?

Please post to your blog by Friday, and respond to the blogs of others over the weekend. Blog a final reflection of the week on Sunday.

Finally, I will say that I have done these types of projects three times, and each time, this is the part of the semester during which people begin to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and quite put-upon. If you are feeling that way please express it! The project is moving forward now with a momentum of its own, and it is very easy to feel out of control. But as Mia reminded us in earlier weeks, it is very important to trust the process. We have some built-in celebration and reflection times for our class. These include our data analysis week over Thanksgiving (we really won’t this all week long, but it’s almost always fun to read about and examine the experiences of those who take part in the project),  the appearance on Vicki’s Radio Show – December 2 at 2:15 AKST, and some blogging & tweeting we’ll do to reflect on the scenarios. These will help us to decompress a bit.

So do hang in there! And I look forward to seeing your Lit Reviews, hopefully this afternoon.

Timeline to Project Completion

Date Tasks Outcome
October 27 – Nov 2 Finalize Lit Review, Identify Methodology

Ask teachers for their class rosters via Excel spreadsheet

Final written proposal

Designation of student usernames/passwords

Nov 3 – Nov 9 Create  & Finalize Questionnaires & Interview Questions – potentially deliver them All protocols & questionnaires complete w/timeline for delivery
Nov 10 – Nov 16 Teacher handshake meeting, orientations in Minecraft EDU Identify final list of participants for #givercraft based on teacher/student experience
Nov 17 – Nov 23 Givercraft Week One –

Lee – keep an eye on server load, on the world and on the wiki

Tiffany & Thomas – monitor the world on a spot check basis

Lindsey, Mia – Monitor and answer teacher questions

Lori, Amanda – Receive teacher spreadsheets, check for accuracy and insure that they are stored in a place that is easily accessible

End of week survey to gauge teacher experience?

Positive teacher/student experience

Data generation

Nov 24 – Nov 30 All – Discuss/begin to analyze teacher data re: teacher experience/student performance. Potentially identify initial themes.

Prepare the world for scenario 2

Identification of initial themes in student achievement/teacher experience – some quant data?
Dec 1 – Dec 7 Givercraft Week Two –

Lee – keep an eye on server load, on the world and on the wiki

Tiffany & Thomas – monitor the world on a spot check basis

Lindsey, Mia – Monitor and answer teacher questions

Lori, Amanda – Receive teacher spreadsheets, check for accuracy and insure that they are stored in a place that is easily accessible

End of week survey to gauge teacher experience?

Positive teacher/student experience

Data generation

Dec 8 – Dec 13 Write up final data analysis.

Create a timeline of how all will work on the article/when Lee will give feedback beyond the class.

Draft of article. Continue to work with draft with the idea the article will be submitted in mid-January?
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