I consider my project successful. Based on the data collected from my post survey there was a 10% increase over the sample group using a Web 2.0 online communication tool. I would conclude that the solution I presented was successful. The questions of my post survey that most related to my conclusion were;
What level of communication do you receive from parents about classroom activities?
What are your top three Web 2.0 tools?
Answers to these questions directly correlated to the data that contributed to the increase in communication between parents and teachers.
The following excerpts are from the article Learning in the Age of Networked Intelligence (Ilkka 2007),which was most relevant in the comparison of the data collected in my Action Research.
According to Tuomi (2002) “Studies on the evolution of socially and economically important innovations reveal that the key to innovation is the social adoption of new technological opportunities.”….”In such studies, it has become clear that the term ‘adoption’ is quite misleading: the processes that determine the fate of innovative opportunities are better described as user-centric innovation, knowledge creation, and learning.”(p. 241)
(Ilkka, 2007) Thesis 3: Blogs Become More Important than Formal Certificates (p. 243)
“Today, people compile extensive life histories using web logs and homepages. In some expertise areas such as computer programming, employment opportunities often depend on a track record that can be reconstructed by search engines and personal blogs. The digital identities of persons now consist of their own representations of achievements and experiences, as well as reputations that accumulate through the comments of others.The importance of blogs and homepages is now rapidly expanding beyond computer specialist communities, and user maintained ePortfolios are becoming common.”
Based on the results of my cycle 1 and cycle 2 data I could offer a new perspective on the actions of educating educators on the uses and practical implementation of technology in the classroom. Although technology innovations will continue to be more and more relevant to economic success it is equally important to be able to share and integrate resources that allow for mutual exchange. The data collected revealed that teachers are more inclined to integrate technologies that give them the opportunity to share lessons and involve invited professionals into the classroom to support learning initiatives.
In the future this information will help me make recommendations for change since I will have a more experienced and researched approach to suggesting possible solutions. As well as a more realistic approach to creating action plans for implementation of technology into training or education environments. Providing adequate time for learning curves, network collaboration, and group participation to support the exchange of useful resources.