Week 10 Blog: What was the impact of my diffi-tool on Givercraft students and teachers; what should I change for Survivorcraft to ensure my intervention is effective?


The tool that I worked on with Scott and Nicole was the Live Minutes site. We had a chat room open in the evenings and resources imbedded in the Live Minutes. Once we get the survey back, we are hoping to find out if teachers used the resources. We knew that one teacher chatted with us in the Live Minutes Chat room.

In order for this tool to be more effective the next time some revisions will need to be made and the site will need to be promoted more. We need to have all of the resources consolidated into one site so things are not so spread out. The evening helpdesk might have been used more if teachers knew more about it.

Our tool was for teacher education and support during the project. As stated in Timperley’s article this site was to help teachers to “deepen their professional knowledge.” We are not sure how much teachers used the site but that was the hope behind the site. As part of the project we are collecting data through surveys. Data collection is part of the education culture today, it is our responsibility to use data to inform our practice (Using Data: Transforming Potential into Practice, 2014).   “New technologies can capture, organize, and analyze vast quantities of data” (Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World, 2013). We are collecting data through surveys and the survey is being put together in a Google document to include everyone’s questions for the project.

The hope for Survivorcraft is that more teachers will be asking questions in the chat and using the resources there. It was a great idea for everything to be consolidated into one spot so resources are not so spread out.


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3 responses »

  1. I thought your guys’ Live Minutes idea was great. I know that if I was a teacher doing this you guys would’ve gotten sick of me because I would’ve had so many questions. I think that more teachers would be in there with questions they all knew about it. I’m sure there was probably at least one teacher with questions but didn’t know where to get them answered because they didn’t see that as an option. It’ll be good to have that survey to get feedback and know what to change and keep the same as you guys are preparing for your diffi-tool for Survivorcraft, it’ll also make them aware of Live Minutes for next time.

  2. We’ll do a little more advertising before we start with Survivorcraft. I think the site is a great idea, especially if we consolidate even more information on the one location. I’m looking forward to seeing if we can get a little more activity in the next round.

  3. I also thought the LiveMinutes was a good idea. The fact that you devoted specific time to be present on the chat is good too. I think in general all our tools could have been advertised more/better. In the OLTAK course we compiled the diffitools and shared them with the teachers during training, but not many teachers participated in the training. I also emailed a copy of all the tools to each teacher participating in the Givercraft. I think right now the plan is to have all the tools posted in a Google Community along with any resources we have for teachers. Then during our teacher training OLTAK will go over the diffitools and show teachers where to find them.

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