I have completed two types of data collection this week. The first was to analyze documents I had been gathering. These include lesson plans, running records of literacy work and print outs from ABCmouse.com literacy work. I added in evaluating weekly newsletters as well. I went back to August 15 in order to keep results more accurate.
Data from all documents demonstrates a strong foundation of literacy instruction including phonics and phonemic activities. The activities show a broad range of instruction type including teacher-led, small group, center-based and exploratory/learn through play. Occasionally students are guided-through or allowed to explore on ABCmouse.com about once per week. With the use of current practices, students’ should increase their phonemic awareness. I predict that the additional support of phonics and phonetics through technology and touchscreen devices will help increase students’ fluency in that area at a faster rate.
Initial observations demonstrated that students would need to learn how to navigate through the programs so we began working with small student groups to introduce them how to select the program and work the basics. During this time I also began the one-on-one pre-tests. The pre-test was similar to an interview as I verbally asked the questions; I tracked the answers on the form.
What revisions in my data collection plan do I need to make?
I added in evaluation of parent newsletters to provide another look at what instruction has been occurring over the past 2 months. I feel having an understanding of some of the prior knowledge the students are entering the study with will help me better determine the actual benefits of integrating touchscreen technology.
Post your initial data.
Below are photos of actual pre-tests. Students are identified by initials. Additional coding includes AM or PM for morning or afternoon student. M=male student, F=female student. I plan to look for any correlations between boy/girl data at this age as well once all data is collected through the study.