Thursday, September 17, 2015
Action research tries to make meaning out of the world by involving participants and researchers together to solve problems. (Merriam & Tisdell, 2015, pp. 49) In this way I hope to see if Twitter will help to engage my students both in the classroom and beyond. I’m not quite sure exactly how I will study this right now. I am working to get all of my students accounts set up. As with most technology it has not been smooth sailing. I hope to try to use Twitter as more of an exit ticket at the end of class. I think once I get all of my students working accounts I might be able to play around a little and see how my students respond. From the reading I realize this is part of action research where “the research design continues to unfold as researcher and participants collect and analyze data and make decisions for the next phase of the study.” (Merriam & Tisdell, 2015, pp. 50) I think this will be a key step in determining where to start my research and data collection. I need to see how this technology will work in my classroom and figure out the best strategy for incorporating it into the classroom. By doing this it should help to ensure that what I am studying will actually lead to helpful data.
I really need to do some more research of my own to determine how exactly I want to use Twitter and what data I hope to collect. So far, I have come accross a couple of articles that outline some areas I am interesting in learning more about. In one article Legaspi, a teacher, talks about using twitter in his classroom. “Legaspi said shy students are benefiting the most. For ‘a lot of them, what it did is help find their voice,’ he said. ‘I have many students that do not participate in my classes or share what's on their mind, so Twitter became that vehicle.’” (Simon, 2011) This is something I have been curious about as well and would fit right in with my desire to study engagement. In another article Mrs. Caviness, a teacher, used twitter to ask questions of her students outside of class. She tweeted about things going on in her life, and related them to her math classes. “What Mrs. Caviness found most exciting was the fact that students dropped everything they were doing at home so that they could connect with her around these short math blasts.” (November & Mull, 2012) This is another area that I find intriguing. Students can see real-world connections more easily. I also like how students are engaged in learning even when class is out of session. I am eager to research more and to research in my classroom. I am also eager to hear the opinions of my students.
Merriam, Sharan B.; Tisdell, Elizabeth J. (2015, July 6). Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation (JOSSEY-BASS HIGHER & ADULT EDUCATION SERIES). Wiley. Kindle Edition.
November, A., & Mull, B. (2012, October 18). How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool. Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://novemberlearning.com/educational-resources-for-educators/teaching-and-learning-articles/how-twitter-can-be-used-as-a-powerful-educational-tool/
Simon, D. (2011, June 9). Twitter finds a place in the classroom. Retrieved September 18, 2015, from http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/06/08/twitter.school/