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Heard from those Quiet Girls Lately? by Derrick Willard


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During NCAIS Innovate 2010 conference attendees were witness to six, five-minute presentations where presenters showcased one of their passion points about education. We call these sessions SPARKING Education.

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Heard from those Quiet Girls Lately? by Derrick Willard

  1. 1. SPARKING Innovation in Education Heard from those quiet girls lately? Derrick Willard Providence Day School Charlotte, NC
  2. 2. ?
  3. 3. Where is this going? <ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Why a wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Power Law (and the Long Tail) </li></ul><ul><li>Serendipity </li></ul><ul><li>Action Research needed? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background
  5. 5. Powerful Learning Practice
  6. 6. Choices, Choices… Image by Flickr user: dkuropatwa
  7. 7. Shirky says… <ul><li>Promise </li></ul><ul><li>Bargain </li></ul><ul><li>Tool </li></ul>
  8. 8. Wiki!
  9. 9. The Power Law The Long Tail
  10. 10. The Long Tail <ul><li>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Long Tail or long tail refers to the statistical property that a larger share of population rests within the tail of a probability distribution than observed under a 'normal' or Gaussian distribution.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Say What?
  12. 12. The Power Law The Long Tail
  13. 13. My Results
  14. 14. Serendipity? <ul><li>30 total participants </li></ul><ul><li>19 Girls </li></ul><ul><li>11 Boys </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s in the Long Tail? </li></ul><ul><li>Who did more work beyond the minimum? </li></ul><ul><li>Who contributed more to discussions? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Say What?
  16. 16. Conclusions <ul><li>1. Even if minimums are established for participation, student efforts on a collaborative project will fall out according to the Power Law. </li></ul><ul><li>2. There is no clear evidence that participation in a one-week wiki &quot;study group&quot; will boost exam performance. </li></ul><ul><li>3. The majority of students reacted positively to this use of a wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Some students, are more engaged, but not necessarily the students that have the most room for improvement. Females seem to thrive in this collaborative environment? </li></ul><ul><li>5. Data management tools within the wiki make it easy to quantify student participation and &quot;drill down&quot; to assess the quality of that participation. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Say What?
  18. 18. More Research Needed? <ul><li>Girls who are in the long tail for amount of classroom participation are not in the long tail for wiki participation… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verifiable? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If so, why? </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Come to my session tomorrow: </li></ul><ul><li>Tearing Down Walls: Extending the Science Classroom Derrick Willard; Providence Day School </li></ul>