AR Focus Statement: I will use technology in the classroom to combat the combined problems of student apathy and lack of motivation to learn.
Target Audience Details:
- Who is your target audience? Cycle 1: My target audience consisted of 19 biology students ranging in age from 14-18, both boys and girls. Ability levels of this group range from gifted students to students with learning disabilities. There is one student with Asberger’s Syndrome and two students are on an occupational diploma. Nine students are male, ten are female. Ten students self-identify as African American, seven as Caucasian and two as other. Cycle 2: My target audience for Cycle 2 was a class of twenty-five 15-18 year-old biology students. This class was comprised of thirteen boys and twelve girls, thirteen of the students self-reported as African-American, ten as Caucasian and two as other.
- Describe your environment and learners: I am the only teacher in this particular class, we meet every day for 96 minutes. The class will be over in December, with my students taking a state-mandated exit exam the week before the semester ends.
- There are 25 students in this particular class.
- What are the demographics of the learners? These students are mostly middle class, less than 2o% have parents who completed college. There are thirteen girls and twelve boys, eleven of my students identify as African American, twelve as Caucasian and two as other.
- What is your goal for your Action Research project? The goal of my Action Research project is to show through documented activities and student surveys how the use of technology in my classroom can increase student motivation and decrease student apathy.
- What technology tools will your target audience use during implementation? multimedia video, student response systems, iPod Touches, an iPad, two Windows based computers and a MacBook.
- Describe your expectation of your target audience. How do you hope they respond to your implementation? I hope that my students will respond positively to my use of technology and that they will report an increase in their motivation to learn biology.
- How will you implement your Plan of Action? I will document the use of technology during this semester through several projects completed by the students. Projects will include weekly vocabulary quizzes using the student response system, cell analogy comic strips using the iPod Touch, vocabulary brain-storming with Popplet on the iPad, interactive activities on the IWB and original music including kinesthetic motions. In completing these projects, students will be exposed to or be able to utilize technology in a novel way to complete the learning goal. With repeated use of technology, I will show that students become more motivated to learn and less apathetic about attending school.
- Describe how and why you created your pre/post assessment tools. Examples of possible assessments are surveys, tests, observation, interviews, etc. I created two surveys, one pre and one post, using Google forms. Students will be given a pre-survey at the beginning of the course to measure their motivation and desire to learn. They will be given a post-survey at the end of the semester to measure the changes. These surveys will collect the demographics of my target audience and establish a baseline for motivation to learn. I will also conduct personal interviews with individual students to ask them how they feel about learning and what type of learning activities they prefer.
- What type of data do you expect to collect using the assessment tool you created? I hope to discover what type of learning activity my students prefer and how my style met, or didn’t meet, their expectations.
- How will you document your AR activity. The AR cycles will be documented through project samples, still pictures and videos.
AR Data Collection: