Willard Sparking Innovation

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This is my "ignite" format (20 slide/15 sec slide) slide deck from my presentation at NCAIS Innovate Conference on March 11, 2010 at Cary Academy. No Audio, but presentation should be on YouTube Channel soon.

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  • 1. SPARKING Innovation in Education Heard from those quiet girls lately? Derrick Willard Providence Day School Charlotte, NC

2. ? 3. Where is this going?

  • Background
  • Why a wiki?
  • Power Law (and the Long Tail)
  • Serendipity
  • Action Research needed?

4. Background 5. Powerful Learning Practice 6. Choices, Choices Image by Flickr user: dkuropatwa 7. Shirky says

  • Promise
  • Tool
  • Bargain

8. Wiki! 9. The Power Law The Long Tail 10. The Long Tail

  • From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
  • TheLong Tailorlong tailrefers to the statistical property that a larger share of population rests within the tail of a probability distribution than observed under a 'normal' or Gaussian distribution.

11. Say What? 12. The Power Law The Long Tail 13. My Results 14. Serendipity?

  • 30 total participants
  • 19 Girls
  • 11 Boys
  • Whos in the Long Tail?
  • Who did more work beyond the minimum?
  • Who contributed more to discussions?

15. Say What? 16. Conclusions

  • 1.Even if minimums are established for participation, student efforts on a collaborative project will fall out according to the Power Law.
  • 2.There is no clear evidence that participation in a one-week wiki "study group" will boost exam performance.
  • 3.The majority of students reacted positively to this use of a wiki.
  • 4.Some students, are more engaged, but not necessarily the students that have the most room for improvement.Females seem to thrive in this collaborative environment?
  • 5.Data management tools within the wiki make it easy to quantify student participation and "drill down" to assess the quality of that participation.

17. Say What? 18. More Research Needed?

  • Girls who are in the long tail for amount of classroom participation are not in the long tail for wiki participation
    • Verifiable?
    • If so, why?

19. This is the 19 thslide.

  • Questions?
  • Come to my session tomorrow:
  • Tearing Down Walls: Extending the Science Classroom Derrick Willard; Providence Day School