Understanding Action Research

Project Name: Digital storytelling with iPads
Team members: Kaitlin Lindsey and James Kindle
Action Research Overview:
This project is focused on improving students' oral English proficiency and on their ability to self- and peer-evaluate using student-friendly versions of the WIDA CAN DO descriptors. In this project, students will be using recording apps and note-taking apps to create digital storybooks that incorporate their speaking, writing, and drawing. To the extent possible, we will also be using digital dictation software to capture students' speaking in written form. Students will listen to and read their own spoken and written English within their stories, and they will use the student-friendly version of the CAN DOs to self-evaluate their work and find areas that they can edit and improve. Students will then engage in peer-editing, where partners provide each other with meaningful feedback based in the CAN DO descriptors. Students will again engage in revising and editing, before completing and "publishing" their final story that will be accessible on the app and graded by the teacher.
Students will be using culturally relevant stories and will have the opportunity to use other apps to develop specific areas of need that arise in completing this project (for example, if students are struggling with specific grammar patterns within their writing, they can use a grammar app to develop this skill before completing the final version of their stories).

Action Research Cycle:

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

-Use iPad recording software to complement written stories by students as part of TPRS cycle
-Students complete diagnostic survey about iPad familiarity

-Introduce students to iPads, procedures/expectations for use
-Allow students to experiment with different programs used on the iPad
-Begin brainstorming stories, mapping out stories in written form

-Students and teacher co-develop speaking rubric using WIDA CAN DOs as a guide
-Students record themselves orally storytelling stories, and self-evaluate, then re-record
-Students write written stories in Notes to use as scripts for VoiceThread presentations
-Students receive orientation/modeling over iPad camera, Glow Draw, and VoiceThread and begin to draw and take pictures to illustrate stories

-Students finalize VoiceThreads and present them
-Students give feedback on one another's VoiceThreads
-Students complete summative survey about iPad familiarity

2012-2013 school year
-Students continue to utilize iPads daily, using programs such as
  • Raz-Kids
  • Edmodo
  • VoiceThread
  • ToonTastic
-Students reflect on their learning with the iPads regularly, and have the opportunity to suggest and advocate for using certain apps


Please see "Timeline" section for a list of specific actions taken with this project.

Student work samples:
Hamdi VoiceThread: https://ed.voicethread.com/share/3158929
Vhanidah VoiceThread: https://voicethread.com/share/3158866
Abdi VoiceThread: https://voicethread.com/share/3159141
Abdikani VoiceThread: https://voicethread.com/share/3163736

Collect & Analyze Evidence:

Documents & Data:
WIDA MODEL diagnostic data:

iPad familiarity and interest survey (Diagnostic and Summative):

iPad survey samples:

Student-created rubric:

Station expectations signs (including Technology Station for iPad use):

Labeled iPad for student orientation:

iPad rules poster (found online and modified):

Formative Summary Report:
End of school year formative summary report and reflections:

Summative Report:

Ongoing reflections and plan for sharing:

Summative Video/Presentation

If the above Prezi does not embed properly, please view the presentation at this address:

Notes/ Apps/ Resources used:

Instant Audio Recorder Lite
Glow Draw
Teacher Clicker-Socrative Student
Student Clicker-Socrative Student
Skitch for iPad
Khan Academy
Dragon Dictation
Storybook (if possible, as it's paid)