My Innovation Plan, Falcon STS, focuses on middle school students in a daily elective course setting where students are responsible not only for the repair and troubleshooting of our 1:1 Chromebook devices but also offering instructional technology support services to teachers, fellow students, clubs and campus organizations. The Support Desk Course will go beyond just having students “fix” things but rather to make more of a connection of how technology supports learning. When the elementary campus allowed for a small pilot last Spring, I personally witnessed growth in participating student’s confidence, initiative and communication skills. The original focus was to create a blended learning environment that allowed for student choice and voice emerged in authentic problem-solving and support. What I have learned though as we have moved forward with the plan, is that the benefits are more far-reaching than originally expected.
The first stage of action research is the planning stage. Within that stage, the researcher must identify and limit the topic. Starting with the outline allowed me time to reflect, brainstorm and to streamline and organize information. My outline establishes the background for my study, the purpose and specific research question as well as the demographics, research design, data collection, measurement instruments and my literure review focus.
Although research was hard to find specifically about my topic (student-led instructional technology support and the impact on campus climate), I found a plethora of research on bits and pieces of my topic. With my Literature Review, I was able to piece together research that further explores how the implementation of a student-led technology support course might also impact the teacher/student relationship and build a more positive campus climate.
My action research plan, a component of the planning stage, goes through what will be done at each step in the action research process. Staff and students are surveyed and interviewed, both quantatative and qualitative measurements will be taken, data is analyzed, and results are communicated and reflected upon. My Action Research Plan will allow educators to examine our teaching practices and campus climate to determine which are effective and which need improvement when implementating a student-led technology support course.