The topic of my research project is the impact on student reading fluency scores when using the iTalk app to record and listen to their reading. iTalk is an iPod/iPad app that allows users to record their voice. My district supports teachers using iTalk, allowing students to record and listen to their reading, in the hopes that it will increase student’s AIMSWeb fluency scores.
This year I was hired as an Instructional Technology Teacher, which is similar to a technology coach for teachers. Teachers sign up for me to come into their classrooms to assist or support with the integration of technology into their classroom. My goal as a technology coach is to share technology resources with teachers in the hopes that student engagement and tech skills increase. To be productive at work and accomplish my goal I will need to collaborate with a variety of staff members from multiple schools. To be successful I will need to collaborate with teachers to learn their teaching styles and needs for helping them incorporate technology. The technology skills of the teachers I work with vary and it is my responsibility to support teacher’s technology needs in their classroom.
As a result of my new position I will rely on collaboration in order to complete my research project. I believe collaboration is important in education for teachers to learn and grow from one another. According to Phillips and Hughes (2012), “In our experience, the best professional development comes from those already in our schools. When engaging in inquiry or lesson study, teachers draw on their shared trust, expertise, and experiences to improve instruction.” In the Edutopia video How Teachers Collaborate Online and in School, educators in Vail, Arizona use an online Wiki source to share and find resources for content. They are taking collaboration to another level and not only connecting teachers with in a school, but across the district. My plan for completing this research project is to assist and support a regular education teacher in using iTalk in their classroom and assess if their student’s fluency score increase.
Edutopia. (2014, April 13). How teachers collaborate online and in school. [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/stw-differentiated-instruction-budget-resource-collaboration-video
Phillips, V., & Hughes, R. L. (2012). Teacher collaboration: The essential common-core ingredient. Education Week, 7, 37. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/12/05/13hughes.h32.html