Now do I get a seat on the Jedi Council?

What? It’s not THAT kind of Master? Nuts… Oh well.

I finally got the final confirmation that my final paper was finally reviewed and accepted and I now have completed all the requirements for my Masters of Education. Finally.  Get that? It’s D.O.N.E! (does happy dance)

Its a great feeling to know that its fully completely finished after years of work and study. It was a great experience though, and I’m very glad that I did it.  I’m also very glad that its done.

Looks like my research project will be published in the fall as an article on an online education research journal, so I will be editing and condensing much of it. But that can wait till later in the fall. I have some relaxing to do.

If you’re interested, here’s the abstract. 

Understanding the Relationship Between the Personal and Professional Use of Technology by K-12 Educators

Much research has been done around how and why teachers integrate technology into classroom practices. Various factors have been shown to be important including teachers beliefs, attitudes, comfort, knowledge and skills.  This has proven to be a complex mix with the outcome of technology integration depending, in various ways, on all of these factors. A need has emerged for a way to look at this complex mix of variables that takes into account the reasons teachers use technology and the tasks which they complete using technology. This kind of research tool could be used in a variety of ways to analyze these variables. This paper describes the outcomes of a project to develop a multifaceted, domain based survey instrument that looks at the frequency of use and confidence in the use that educators have with various technology tasks, as well as the importance that they place on these tasks for personal and professional use.  The instrument was then tested on a small group of teachers in a school board in Ontario, Canada and the data was analysed to determine if it could be used in broader studies to answer such questions as have been posed in the literature. The results show that the instrument will be valuable in showing how educators’ beliefs are connected to the frequency of use and confidence they have in certain technologies.  It should also be able to determine if those beliefs change over time and if this translates into changes in technology use. It was less clear if the instrument would be useful in determining how educators’ personal and professional use of technology was related and further refinement for this purpose could be considered.

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6 comments

  1. Dan · June 21, 2012

    Congrats to you!

    The abstract is quite interesting. I would love to read the full report if it is available online or if you would be willing to send it to me via email.

    Just wondering…was the report from all grades K-12 or was there a more focused subgroup where the data was taken from? Was the focus on Science or other subject areas?

    Your timing was perfect for finishing. Just in time for summer.

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    • Colin · June 21, 2012

      Thanks Dan, I’d be happy to share it with you. I pondered posting it up here, but didn’t think anyone one would like to read it. 🙂 The sample was fairly small, but it was a few elementary, and a few secondary schools. So it was K12 and all teachers. I can certainly shoot you a copy if you’re keen.

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      • Dan · June 21, 2012

        that would be great. Some summer reading as i try to move forward in my own edtech journey.

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  2. Lisa Noble · June 21, 2012

    Way to go, Colin! And you have done some Yoda-ing for me this year,(I, of course, am Ahsoka) so, in my opinion, you definitely get a seat on the council. And huge congratulations to your at-home support network, too!

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  4. Norma Bingham · July 8, 2012

    Congrats Colin! Since I am in the midst of the writing of my MRP, I know the challenges – and the rewards- of clarifying your personal reflections through the writing process. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send you the rough copy of my abstract…As for reading your paper… absolutely I would be interested…Thanks for being willing to be recognized as our Jedi Master.. would certainly give you a seat on the council if I had a vote… Enjoy your summer. Let me know if you happen to be around Haliburton…

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