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In this course, you have learned about ways teachers use a variety of DST tools and apps for teaching and learning in their classrooms, and you have reviewed and shared many digital storytelling tools with your peers. In the Final Project of the course, you have the opportunity to try one of these tools in your classroom by creating a Mini-Action Research Project.

Action Research refers to a wide variety of research methods designed to examine an instructional or academic problem and then develop practical solutions to address this problem immediately and efficiently.

For instance:

- should you teach at the Elementary level, you could incorporate writing centers into your classroom. You could then try out using Storybird poetry creation as a writing center this week and report back how it went at the end of the week

- should you teach at the Secondary level and need a tool to improve class participation in discussions, you could try out Padlet as a way for all students to post their thoughts to a discussion question and then reflect at the end of the week on how well this tool met your instructional challenge.

As we have educators in many different teaching contexts, the mini-action research projects will likely be quite varied, addressing a wide range of instructional problems with a wide range of DST tools. The important thing to remember is that this is your opportunity to put into action your learning from this course, so choose an instructional problem that is worthwhile for you to spend the time addressing with some new storytelling tool-empowered solutions.

Remember that you will only conduct a very small action research study - one that you can finish in a week.

For your final project, you will reflect on an instructional problem in your classroom or in your teaching experiences. You will then develop a potential solution using a DST tool or app.  How could your students use some storytelling to get more motivated ore focused on some task that is currently not working so well in your classroom?

In order to implement your idea you could choose a tool you reviewed in the previous weeks, one you learned about in Twitter or in the course forums, or even one you discovered while working on the missions. 

What do you need to prepare for your Final Project?

As you start thinking about your project now, here are the basic steps in creating your Action Research Project.

Step 1: Begin by thinking of a teaching scenario in your classroom or workplace in which you have encountered an instructional problem or challenge.

For example:

  • Some students in an English class may have difficulty remembering new vocabulary words.
  • Some students in an upper level math class do not participate in class discussions to brainstorm solutions to practical problems.
  • Students in an elementary class will need to work with a community organization to collect data about the environment in their neighborhoods and present their findings to a local government entity.
  • Students in a middle school class are working on writing for a wide audience. They would like to produce an electronic journal to communicate (to their parents and maybe the community) what is happening in their school.
  • Students in an online college course need share their work with classmates and conduct peer assessment.
  • Trainees need to be able to sign up for workshops to learn how to use a new VoIP telephone system.

Step 2: Next, look for a DST strategy and tool that you think can help you solve the problem. Explore how the  tool or app works and determine whether it can help solve the problem.

Step 3: Finally, create a plan to use DST  in your classroom. Consider how it can be implemented and what possible results and challenges that might occur.

Step 4Some teachers may have a chance to actually implement this plan in their classrooms, and others may need to reflect on how it could be used because they are not currently teaching in a classroom or cannot otherwise implement it at this time.

Step 5: Submit your final project using the Action Research template.

Here’s a timeline that could work for you: 

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25 to 27 of Nov

Identify the instructional problem, find a DST tool that could help solve the problem and create a plan to use it.

Implement the plan in your classif you can. If you can´t implement it, then reflect on what it might happen if you did.

Complete the mini action research action and submit it for peer evaluation.

Evaluate your peer´s researches and check out the evaluations you get.

Late submission will earn you ZERO points! Full points that you can earn for the final project is 42 points. Therefore full points can be earned ONLY IF you complete all the required steps in the process i.e.: Final Project = Project Submission (30 points) + 3 Peer Assessment + Self Assessment (12 points).

Since the process of submission, peer assessment and self assessment is an automated process, if you are late in submitting your final project you will not be included in the rest of the assessment process. Also, if you do not complete the required number of 3 peer assessment plus the self assessment you won't pass this activity. Therefore, complete each step in the process to complete the final project and the course. In order to pass this task you need 31 points.

Here you can see original examples made by students from the last call of this course

Please take note of the important deadlines below:

- Submission: before 24 November (23:55+2 GMT)

- Peer review: from 25 to 27 November (23:55+2 GMT)