Understanding Action Research

Project Name: Andersen Oral Language Porfolios
Team members: Christina Dzieweczynski, Morgan Harden, Mal Mrozek, Anna Cunningham
Action Research Overview: We are collecting digital artifacts of students' oral language and creating online portfolios. We want to be able to document oral language development over the course of a school year and beyond.

Action Research Cycle:

Timeline (implementation plan and progress, continue to update):


- Introduced students to using the iPads
- Research apps to use for documenting oral language
- Researched systems for housing video clips and organizing oral language portfolios
- Students began making speaking videos about their science experiments with balance and motion (Christina)
- Participated in iPad learning circle
- Created weebly site for documenting oral language growth across the school year
- Used Story Robe for oral language assessment about weather (Christina)
- Compiled all work from the year and published in the weebly site. (Christina)
- Reflected on strengths and weaknesses of iPad use during the school year.
- Planned oral assessments for this school year.
- Introduced new students to iPads
- Planned better documentation and record keeping system to monitor oral language development.
- Administered WIDA Model to get a baseline oral language level.
-Administered first oral language assessment on insects
- Compiled data on oral language and content development
- Use iPads as a part of a mapping unit to create a map book based off of Google Earth images (Christina)
- Reflection on Action Research Cycle.
- Reported results of research question
- Planned next cycle
- Plan to publish work using KidBlog this year instead of Weebly. (More kid-friendly)

- As a part of our engineering unit on simple machines, 2nd graders used Educreations to
explain the engineering cycle
that we used to design our
own simple machines to solve a problem.
WIDA Access testing
- Began solids and liquids
- 2nd Graders used Educreations to identify solids and liquids and explain the properties of each.
- Adminstered the WIDA Model to 2nd graders to measure written and oral language growth since the fall.
- Compiled and reflected on data.
- Updated grant proposal to reflect Christina's new work as a 1st grade bilingual teacher next year. (Christina)


Collect & Analyze Evidence:

Ms. Christina's Weebly Site (2011-12)
Password is "science"

Ms. Christina's KidBlog Site (2012-13)
Log in as "guest" - Password is "guest"

First Experience with iPads (April 2012) - Ms. Christina's Students
The students recorded each other explaining what we have been learning in science.

Sample Oral Formative Assessment - Balancing a Top(April 2012) - Ms. Christina's Students
The students recorded each other reporting on what they had learned during the experiment.

Sample Oral Assessment using Story Robe - Weather(May 2012) - Ms. Christina's Students
This was an assessment designed to measure both oral language proficiency and content knowledge at the end of a weather unit. We used StoryRobe to create this speaking task.

Sample Oral Assessment - Insects(October 2012) - Ms. Christina's Students

This assessment was administered by the teacher using questions modeled after the WIDA Model assessment. There was one question designed to elicit each level of language (T1, T2, T3, T4, T5) just like the WIDA assessments. This assessment was used to assess both content knowledge and language proficiency.

Sample Oral Assessment Using Educreations - Simple Machines/Engineering(January 2013) - Ms. Christina's Students
For this oral assessment, students explained the engineering process they went through to design a simple machine that could solve the problem of moving a bag of gravel.

Sample Oral Assessment Using Educreations - Solids and Liquids(April 2013) - Ms. Christina's Students
Students tell whether each item is a solid or liquid and explain how they know.

Speaking Assessment Data: 2012-13 School Year (Ms. Christina)

Student Testimonial:
I (Ms. Christina) asked all of my students at the end of the 2011-12 school year what their favorite part of science was. This student said, "That we got to use the iPads" :)

Ongoing reflections and plan for sharing:

Our Reflection Video: (December 2012)
Each of us has used the iPads in slightly different ways, but we all share the goal of documenting oral language development and fostering a rich content environment for our students. In order of appearance: Morgan Langseth (1st grade), Christina Dzieweczynski (2nd grade), Mal Mrozek (3rd grade).

We had planned to share at the MinneTESOL conference this year, but were unable to due to a schedule conflict. We plan to share at the MN Bilingual and Migrant conference this spring or the MinneTESOL next fall.


Notes/ Apps/ Resources used:

- Google Earth
- Google Maps
- Educreations
- Story Robe
- My Story
- Show Me
- KidBlog
- Stack the States
- Farenheit (for checking the weather)
- Puppet Pals
- Cash Cow (for counting money)
- weebly.com