Information and Links for schools involved in AGQTP Projects

Reporting on funded projects has always been a job that no one seems to look forward to yet there are things you can do to make the reporting process easier and the action research component of your project more meaningful. One such way is keeping track of your project online in some way. This makes collabroating with colleagues easier, centralises ideas, problems and findings and keeps a valuable record which can be submitted in whole or part for your final report.

Good ways to do this are through Google Docs, Wikis or Blogs.
Kelli McGraw AGQTP Research Presentation shows some examples from her project.

Benefits of writing about your project online

1. Get the most out of the Action Reserach process. Reflect on your learning, successes, difficulties and the unexpected.
2. Use this online record of your project to assist in the writing of your interim and final reports
3. Often your writing can be used as evidence of professional learning for accreditation through the Institute of Teachers and or ISTAA.

Blogging

At an elementary level, recording your thougts and experiences is a valuable personal experience, however on a wider level, blogging is often the beginning of a professional conversation between you and your colleagues and even a global audience. Many educators who regularly blog extol the virtues of building a PLN (Personal Learning Network) which has eventuated through blogging or some other online social networking/writing experience.

Blogging is a quick and easy way to record thoughts about your project, daily, weekly, monthly or as needed because:
  • Blog entries called 'posts' are automatically date stamped when you write them
  • Current posts are always at the top of the page
  • Blogs can have multiple authors
  • You can add images, sound files (such a s voice recordings) and video clips to your blog
  • Many free blogging sites exist.

Favourite Blogging sites for educators

1. Edublogs Free, education friendly, can have multiple authors/contributors, great for student blogging
2. Posterous write your blog by sending an email to the posterous email address or manage it via the web if your prefer.
3. Tumblr allows you to update your blog via email or via the web.


Example project Blogs

1. TAS (The Armidale School) AGQTP Student Engagement Project 2010
TAS Project Blog
TAS Project Wiki

2. Mr P's Smartboard One teacher's record of the implementation of a SMART Board Interactive whiteboard into a primary school classroom.

Other Blogs of Interest

Teaching Challenges Blog