Major Project Update

A quick update on my project!  I have been successfully implementing G-Suite in 3/5 classes (the other 2 are busy working on major projects, so not a lot of direct instruction time yet – but they have been accessing our Classroom sites).  So far, this means that all of my students have successfully signed up for the G-Suite sites and are accessing it!

Yay – one goal down!  HOWEVER – we did run into some roadblocks signing all of the students up…

  1. We could not use their school division accounts for all students – which wasn’t my goal anyway since they will lose their email addresses once graduated.  Most students used their own personal Gmail accounts or they made a new one. Not a big deal, no one complained about this.
  2. The only glitch now that I had access to their personal email accounts – would that put me at risk?  

Students had successfully downloaded Google Classroom and Google Docs to their phones and have been accessing the information that I have posted regularly.  I know this because of the good questions that I have been receiving from them about their assignments/projects.  I have also been able to monitor large collaborative projects and see the students working on them in real time.

Yay – Goal two achieved.

I have seen students begin to create their educational portfolios – especially my grade 12 students.  The students have been proud of their work!  They are beginning to realize that their work is THEIRS, it will not disappear on them.

Now – I need to access information from my school division and contact other school divisions in regards to using Google Drive with students personal accounts in order to create an educational portfolio.

One thing I need to figure out still is, HOW DO I COLLECT DATA?  Does this project require me to collect data or is the data being collected just by the amount of use that G-Suite is being used and accessed by the students?

I still have more to research, but this is a step in the right direction, and I have students on my side, now just to speak to other division as well as my own.

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Major Project Part 2

Looking back at Part I of my project, I reflected one major point – the main one that I am aiming to answer in this class:

When you take a look at the Technology in Education Framework manual, page 2 lists sustainability as one of the guiding principals stating: “A technology-supported learning environment is strengthened by sound business and administrative practices, is sustainable in the long-term within available resources, evolves based on research and analysis of trends, and is supported by the Ministry, school divisions, and educational partners.” I question what is meant by long-term?  How long is long? How are our senior students being supported in the long term if their technology is being removed from them at graduation?  

So far, I have been able to achieve a few goals towards the above questions.  I have been able to get all of my students onto the G-Suit applications, meaning they are all on Google Drive and are all using Google Classroom.  This is a major step in the right direction. However, lots of my students needed to use their own personal Gmail accounts as only a few were able to use their pvsd email accounts, while most chose to not use them.  I also have all of my students regularly using both of these applications on their phones (if they have one). I know that my senior students are using Google Drive collaboratively as I am part of their groups and I see their progress in real time.  This is great as is has already accomplished what I wanted for the “Opportunity” portion of SWOT from part I.

As I am already into month 2 of this project, there have been new questions that have arose that I now need to look at:  Are there any privacy concerns by using Google Drive as my students are mostly using their own accounts? Are there any financial aspects to consider as Google Drive only offers 18 G of storage for free?  Also – I feel that I may need to shorten the length of time that I originally proposed to collect data from 3 months to a full 2 months. This will allow me time to evaluate the data properly and deconstruct everything that I have learned and need to continue to work on.

I know that Regina Public School Division uses Google Drive and Google Classroom exclusively as I have students who have recently transferred from their whom have taken on a leadership role amongst the student body (bonus for me).  I intend to reach out to some colleagues and speak to them about what they see as the pro’s and con’s of this cloud-based system as they have implemented it for far longer than I have.

In order to evaluate myself on this project, I am a bit unsure of how to go about collecting data.  All divisions like quantitative data, while this project will focus on qualitative data. I might have already begun collecting data inadvertently by the success of homework completed on time and quality of work completed with the three classes that I have chosen to focus on.

I am wondering if anyone has any ideas or suggestions of how to collect data for this type of a project?