A reflection about the importance of learning with others and learning to stand on my own work

This week I am falling behind on my blogs but feeling better about my paper.  After receiving some much-needed advice and direction from Dr. Jones, I was able to start organizing and illustrating my data.  I’m a visual learner and while creating tables and figures for my paper was not difficult, synthesizing the data and… Continue reading A reflection about the importance of learning with others and learning to stand on my own work

Research has been completed, now what??

What needs to be considered now? What will I do next? If I really want to have my research help inform other teachers and to impact game design I need to consider who my immediate audience would be and how I can reach them to share my work.  Our Google Community un-conference will be a… Continue reading Research has been completed, now what??

A reflection about sifting through data to tell my story

This week was rough, what I initially thought would be an exciting process of data analysis quickly turned into a pile of data that I couldn’t seem to organize.  I found that examining each document on its own was incredibly useful and I would quickly identify themes and great examples to support those themes; then… Continue reading A reflection about sifting through data to tell my story

How I will apply what I’ve learned + Discussion section

I have primarily been focused on capturing data and presenting it in some coherent form, and these essential questions this week made me step back and look at the bigger picture.  I chose to focus on teacher tools and strategies within MinecraftEdu because last fall I had been part of a team that designed and… Continue reading How I will apply what I’ve learned + Discussion section

A reflection on organizing my chaos and being excited about results!

The data collection process has been, as I expected, chaotic. The observations and interviews were the most straightforward methods and were easy enough to review; the chat log however, took me quite a while, not only to read but to also decide what was relevant. During our twitter session,  I was encouraged to see others… Continue reading A reflection on organizing my chaos and being excited about results!

A brief overview of what I learned from my data and how I will share my findings

After reviewing all my data, there are many patterns and themes that emerged so I will start with the main themes related to my research questions and then discuss the themes that are related as well as the context for some of the weaker data sources – hangout and google group chats.  Communication, collaboration, and… Continue reading A brief overview of what I learned from my data and how I will share my findings

Givercraft Data Collection – Raw Results

As promised I have a mountain of data to share.  I will be looking for a vein of gold in this data, specifically around teacher strategies and use of tools in the MinecraftEdu game world but I needed all these pieces to triangulate my data.  I might have to eliminate one teacher/class from my analysis… Continue reading Givercraft Data Collection – Raw Results

A reflection about meaningful research and staying focused on the purpose and process

The twitter session and blogs this week prompted me to think about three (3) important aspects of this research process – how we adapt to interruption in our research process, whether we include other stakeholders in our research process, and how we can stay motivated and focused on our own development throughout this process. Interruptions… Continue reading A reflection about meaningful research and staying focused on the purpose and process

My game plan and rationale for data analysis

My research topic: The purpose of this research study, will be to examine constructivist and social learning game design and mechanics used by teachers in the Givercraft experience. My research questions: What teacher tools and strategies support students’ meaningful knowledge construction in MinecraftEdu? How can teachers use tools and strategies within MinecraftEdu to monitor and… Continue reading My game plan and rationale for data analysis