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Action Research Project

Jesse, Michael, Lourdes, David

David Oppenheimer

on 16 April 2010

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Northern Secondary School St. Roch Catholic Secondary School Runnymede Collegiate Institute
Western Technical Commercial School Grade 11 Canadian Law Class
Grade 12 International Business Class Grade 9
Academic Mathematics Grade 10 Introduction to Business
Grade 12 Business Leadership Grade 9 BTT
Grade 11 BTA Facebook
Online Chatting
Online Gaming
Instant Messaging
My Sapce
Camera / Videocam
Instant Messaging
Voice Notes
Making Calls
Downloading Applications
Which Technologies are students using in and outside the classroom and how will this impact and influence our teaching profession and student academic achievement? Research Question Why we choose to research Technology use in High School?
Emerging technologies will impact the teaching profession significantly as students continue to use social media in the 21st Century
As Intitial Teacher Candidates, we have a unique opportunity to understand how and when students are using these technologies in and outside of school
As parents, it is useful to know which technologies we will have to learn about and perhaps teach our children how to use them
As teachers we need to pay attention to gender and computer use: girls tend to have less experience with computers, a lower degree of home and school use of computers, and less favourable beliefs towards computers in general.
Research Articles Sang Min Lee, et al. (2009). Computer use and academic achievement in
Secondary School. Computers in the School, 26(3), 224.
library link: http://simplelink.library.utoronto.ca/url.cfm/90393

Van Braak, J. et al (2005). The influence of social demographic
determinants on Secondary Schools children's computer use, experience,
beliefs and competence. Technology, Pedagogy & Education, (14)1,43.
library link: http://simplelink.library.utoronto.ca/url.cfm/90396 Polled students using onlne questionnaire
Created questionnaire using Google Docs Form
Questionnaire accessible to all students through link:

Data accessible in 'real time' by research team
Research team collaborated, collated, analyzed and shared data using online technologies
share the data collection process https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dDVxcldKM3Q4S3h1NG9QWVJ6aG4xX0E6MA Our Findings Students' perception of their own use of the technological devices is markedly different from our own perceptions. It seemed that classes held in computer labs were a constant struggle to stay away from social network sites and online gaming.
Fully 80% of students reported having access to and use of a computer in school for at least 1 or more hours a day.
83% of our students spend more than an hour a week on Facebook and youtube.
90% of respondents have a personal computer at home with internet connection. All of these repondents report using the home computer for something other than school work.
Computers seem to be most prevalently used for entertainment purposes such as Youtube or social interaction such as Facebook and emailing.
The porportion of students spending time online gaming or online chatting is roughly equivalent to total time spent on school assignments.
By contrast, cell phones seem to be utilized for virtually every feature within a range of 35-50% of students for each application.
While the cell phone seems to be ever present, students report less perceived use but for a very broad range of applications.
Understanding when and how students engage with these emerging technologies will have a major impact on which technologies we decide to introduce into our teaching practice.

Challenges & Surprises Difficult to motivate students to fill out online questionnaire if not for 'marks'
We thought that Associate Teachers would be more interested to find out the results and impact technology has in their classrooms.
Students are spending very little time using technologies constructively in the classroom vs. at home
Facebook and Youtube is so invasive in students lives that it would be irresponsible not to engage them and teach lessons in this space
What we learned from our Research Process... Needed to pool the data from multiple classrooms in a variety of schools in order to ensure healthy sample size and to gain an understanding of the "typical" student
Given the obvious differences across these student populations, it would be interesting for further study and analyze the differences in the use of technology particularly along socio-economic and gender lines.
Take a different approach and accept the technology.
Take responsibility to stay current and consider taking professional development courses to implement these technologies into curriculum.
Design lessons that incorporate the very programs and applications that these students are using.
Develop and scale our understanding of technologies across the profession is to share our stories of success and post our lesson plans to a teacher's resource site that is dedicated to enhancing 'technology' curriculum.

Our Conclusions Action Research
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