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Digital Teaching Platform: Multi-Year Usage

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Action Research Project Proposal for Digital Teaching Platform Effectiveness for 4th and 5th Grade students using "Time to Know" to compare the achievement and attitudes of students who engage the DTP for the first time as compared to the achievement and attitudes of students who engage the platform for the second year.

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Digital Teaching Platform: Multi-Year Usage

  1. 1. Digital Teaching Platform T2K: Multi-Year Usage Action Research Proposal Plan Loyola University Time to Know or T2K is our school’s DTP of choice!
  2. 2. Are Digital Teaching Platforms (DTP’s) in for the long haul? Several schools have embraced contemporary educational styles by embracing digital teaching platforms in the classroom. One trending DTP is called Time to Know or T2K for short. Shabach! Christian Academy has adapted this comprehensive learning system. This transition from hardback books to visibly attractive dashboards allows students to scroll on screens far more often than scribing on sheets.
  3. 3. My Personal Connection to T2K It was the summer of 2012 when the building was wired for Wi-Fi connection on all student laptops, units were purchased and programmed, teachers began a series of trainings and the new digital teaching platform for 4th and 5th grade Math and ELA was piloted for our school. It's name: Time to Know. This platform has been in use for three years and has since been extended through 8th grade. I serve the 4th and 5th grade students at SHABACH! I am responsible for introducing 4th graders to the new technology and continuing the use of this technology with the 5th graders. We are departmentalized, so while I teach Math on the DTP, I also have a partner who teaches ELA using the DTP.
  4. 4. The Dilemma While much energy has been invested in seamlessly proving how to get technology into our classrooms; now, much time and energy must be used to diagnose what we do after that to sustain the impact of technology so that it lasts.
  5. 5. The Big Question In moving from traditional approaches to more contemporary attempts to educate our youth, do the gains obtained and reported in student achievement remain after the first year of implementation?
  6. 6. Let’s Investigate! Who learns more, the newbies or the veterans? 4th Graders… First Year Users of T2K DTP 5th Graders… Second Year Users of T2K DTP VS Research Question 1: When working with the digital teaching platform Time to Know, do students experience any change in the levels of achievement they accomplish during their first year of usage as opposed to their second year of use as measured by assessment tools aligned with common core standards from Time to Know?
  7. 7. One Step Further… Is everybody happy? 4th Graders… First Year Users of T2K DTP 5th Graders… Second Year Users of T2K DTP VS Research Question 2: Do the students' attitudes about the digital teaching platform change or stay the same from the initial year to the second year of use?
  8. 8. The Literature has been reviewed and the scholars agree…
  9. 9. Methodology Made Easy! Research Design: Ex Post Facto Group Comparison and Descriptive Survey Measurement: 4th Grade T2K Pre-test 5th Grade T2K Pre-test Treatment: T2K Digital Teaching Platform (1st Year of Instruction) T2K Digital Teaching Platform (2nd Year of Instruction) Measurement: 4th Grade T2K End of Year Post test 5th Grade T2K End of Year Post Test Student Attitudes: Experimental: T2K Digital Teaching Platform (1st Year of Instruction) T2K Digital Teaching Platform (2nd Year of Instruction) Student Attitudes: Likert Scale Questionnaire Likert Scale Questionnaire Duration: One School Year Independent Variable: T2K DTP Dependent Variable: Student Attitudes and Achievement “You can do it!”
  10. 10. Measure it! Measure it! Measure it! Question Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 1. I pay attention in Math class. 2. I find the work in math class to be challenging. 3. I am sure that I can learn the material in math class. 4. I am interested in learning in math class. 5. I feel confident in my abilities to solve problems in math class. 6. I am eager to participate in discussions that involve math. 7. I like to share my answers with my peers in my class. 8. I like doing group activities in math class. 9. I use technology often in math class. 10. I am comfortable using technology in math class. 11. Technology is used often for instruction in math class. 12. Access to technology is important to my learning in math class. 13. I prefer to use technology to complete math work. 14. I look forward to using technology in math class. 15. I have many opportunities to learn at my own pace. Quantitative Data Collection Plan Data Source Instrument Statistic Analysis Student Achievement T2K Multiple Choice Pre- Test 4th and 5th Grade T-Test Compare Group and Individual Means Student Achievement T2K Multiple Choice End of Year Post-Test for 4th and 5th Grade T-test Compare Group and Individual Means Student Attitudes Likert Scale Questionnaire: Math Questionnaire for 4th and 5th Grade Percentage, mean, and standard deviation for each item Determine favorable and unfavorable attitudes towards T2K DTP Survey Results DTP Survey Form Percentage, mean, and standard deviation for each item Determine favorable and unfavorable attitudes towards T2K DTP Test Comparison Chart T2K DTP Comparison Chart T-Test Compare Group and Individual Means
  11. 11. Making It All Make Sense! Collect, Organize and Analyze Data! Survey Results: Math Questionnaire Statement N Raw Score Percentages Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly Agree 1. I pay attention in math class. 2. I find the work in math class to be challenging. 3. I am sure that I can learn the material in math class. 4. I am interested in learning in math class. 5. I fill confident in my abilities to solve problems in math class. 6. I am eager to participate in discussions that involve math. 7. I like to share my answers with my peers in my class. 8. I like doing group activities in math class. 9. I use technology often in math class. 10. I am comfortable using technology in math class. 11. Technology is used often for instruction in math class. 12. Access to technology is important to my learning in math class. 13. I prefer to use technology to complete math work. 14. I look forward to using technology in math class. 15. I have many opportunities to learn at my own pace. 5th Grade T2K DTP Test Comparison Chart Analyze Student Achievement Student Pre-Test Score % Post- Test Score % Achievement Growth (Post – Pre)% Student A Student B Student C Student D Student E Student F Student G Student H Student I Student J -------------- Overall Amount of Increase for Class: Mean Increase: (Total % Divided by # of Students) Range of Increase Overall: Median Increase: 4th Grade T2K DTP Test Comparison Chart Analyze Student Achievement Student Pre-Test Score % Post- Test Score % Achievement Growth (Post – Pre)% Student A 68 87 +19 Student B 78 84 +06 Student C Student D Student E Student F Student G Student H Student I Student J -------------- Overall Amount of Increase for Class: Mean Increase: (Total % Divided by # of Students) Range of Increase Overall: Median Increase:
  12. 12. Make It Matter! Show colleagues, principals, and parents what you’ve learned in a way that demands attention! 4th Grade- 1st Year Usage 5th Grade- 2nd Year Usage 0 5 10 15 20 Student 1 Student 2 Student 3 Student 4 9 12 14 16 7 8 9 11 Percentage of Achievement Growth in 4th and 5th Grade Using T2K DTP from Least to Greatest 4th Grade- 1st Year Usage 5th Grade- 2nd Year Usage
  13. 13. Findings Worth Keeping • Both grade levels experienced increase in achievement using the DTP. • 4th graders had a higher achievement range than 5th grade students by at least 2 percent for every student. • Attitudes of both 4th and 5th graders were extremely positive as it relates to their perspectives, experiences, and ideals toward math and technology. 4th Grade- 1st Year Usage 5th Grade- 2nd Year Usage 0 10 20 Student 1 Student 2 Student 3 Student 4 9 12 14 16 7 8 9 11 Percentage of Achievement Growth in 4th and 5th Grade Using T2K DTP from Least to Greatest 4th Grade- 1st Year Usage 5th Grade- 2nd Year Usage
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