CIC #12 – Project Reflection Statement

philadelphia reflections

Reflections of Philadelphia 

These are the reflections about my creative project of the CIC Coursera course.

You can find the project steps here:

Project – Exploration

Project – Design

Project – Experimentation

1-List what worked and did not work during your experimentation phase.

My experimentation phase was a simulation because my project is quite complex and requires long implementation times. I imagined about some difficulties that may occur which I point out in the slides (12-13) that you can find here:

http://www.emanuelazibordi.it/wp/cic-8-project-experimentation/

The overall project will certainly manifest other difficulties because all items will be involved in the STEEP strategic plan on a large-scale. At this point, it must search specific roles between people who will help me with specific skills.

2-Reflect on the changes that you have made from your original idea.

When I sent the questionnaire to colleagues -you can see it here:

http://www.emanuelazibordi.it/wp/cic-5-project-design/ -,

I realized that some teachers couldn’t give sleep for the night, but they had an interest in learning methods for teaching with ICT. So I think that it is possible to exchange with invitations to dinner, look after the kids for an afternoon, DIY odd jobs, something else, in exchange for learning. This applies to teachers who are in the same city or living nearby. This could also be the starting point of the project more extensive in the future.

3-Plan the steps you will take to meet your long-term goals after the course has concluded.

Having regard to paragraphs 1 and 2, I think I’d do so:

  • Open a website where collecting the exchange requests. It could be a Google form (Drive), having particular attention to privacy, security and reliability of the data.
  • Organize a Google map where hosts and tutors have different pin’s colors in order to allow visualization of the possible exchanges between teachers.
  • Organize the teachers’ contacts, so that the parties agree on the give and take.
  • Collect feedback from every experience and recalibrate the system.

All this could be possible

CIC #8 – Project – Experimentation

This presentation is about my project experimentation. The previous phases are:

Phase 1 – Exploration

Phase 2 – Project Design

CIC #5 – Project – Design

Last week I wrote the first phase (Exploration) of my Creative Project. You can find it here. I have identified, as the starting point, an online questionnaire to be submitted to my colleagues. You can see in the presentation  below the responses of 90 of them, divided into teachers who would like to use the technologies, and expert tutors in ICT and media for learning.

Interpretation of the data:

  1. The tutors interviewed were enthusiastic about the project. (86% would be willing to move to help colleagues).
  2. In the other hand half of the teachers surveyed is available to host the tutors in exchange for personal training. Others, who have not given the availability (29), would still be interested in training (23). See the Q5. Thus, the project could also provide exchanges between teachers and tutors in the surroundings of their home, exchanging other kind of favors, e.g: an invitation to dinner.
  3. The limit of this survey is that I didn’t reach teachers who are not on the social networks (the most) so, to to have a more realistic view, you should do a survey with a representative sample in statistical terms.

Steps:

  • Conduct research – What else has been done in the area(s) I’m exploring?
    This project follows the example of other initiatives such as Informatici Senza Frontiere (ISF) to which I will ask detailed informations at the appropriate time.

  • Define metrics – How will I measure success?
    Initially I can measure the success of the initiative on the basis of the interest of stakeholders. (See the survey above). After, with quantitative and qualitative feedback on the individual experiences, also discussions and adjustments about project among the members of the (future) staff.

  • What is the timeline of your experiments you will undertake -this can/will go beyond the 8 week course.
    The implementation of the project takes time because it needs further collaborations and technology infrastructure. I think it will take about one year for experimental timeline and development of the project. For the strategic planning I have identified the STEEP elements:

    Social-cultural
    Technological
    Economic
    Ecological
    Political-legal

  • How will you maximize the learning from your failures.
    I think to start with some evidence from the tutors available to test the exchanges and to analyze the challenges as they arise. One of the most important element, to be considered in the beginning, is the communication between the stakeholders. Then you have to implement an online platform that face meet individual needs. These two must be professional and could be financed with crowd funding.

CIC #2 – Project – Exploration

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Phase 1 Exploration:

Title:

TPT – Travelling Personal Tutors (Tutor in viaggio)

Introduction: Italian school is rather backward in teaching/learning with new technologies. Normally teachers don’t have a good relations with them. Most of them, moreover, are not able to approach with the Web and they prefer to have a face to face training to learn how to implement a didactical project, also just to know how to use web tools or attend an online course (the average of teachers’ age in Italy is about 50 years).
So I though the next solution.

Mission:

 My project consists of to make meetings teachers: knowledge in exchange for hospitality.

-On the one hand, there are teachers training in ICT in the school. In Italy we have a good network of tutors.
-On the other hand teachers who want to learn ICT, but they aren’t able to start alone. They could be absolute beginners, or they’d want a specific training for their project needs.

Example: the tutor can travel during the end of lessons and go as guest (accommodation and food), to the teacher‘s location (city, village etc.) who instead needs the presence of a colleague, who teaches him/her how to use technology for a didactical purpose. Note: the tutor could be retired teachers too.

The exchange is between:
– the tutor gives knowledge and assistance in a project, but he/she also has spare time to visit the place, for enjoying the city, the nature, arts and so on (Italy is full of nice places, arts and natural environments);
-the teacher gives hospitality and has in exchange a one to one class, contextual to his needs, that consists of some hours a day of ICT training.

The terms of the exchange will be discussed between the two teachers involved. The organization might suggest some standard formulas.

Starting point:

First I’d like to know if this idea has some interest among Italian teachers. So I’ll ship a module, made with google drive, in which I invite teachers to respond to a questionnaire of interest and then I’ll analyze the answers.

Challenges:

If the answers are positive, I need to begin the project of a online platform to manage the meetings with needs and availability, and all the other important elements about: enrollment, security, privacy, training offer, feedback, social networking and so on. This project is quite complex and needs a deep analysis and original solutions, but I know there are similar initiatives in the field of volunteering. I’ll study the best practices of some of them.

Here the project phase 1 file audio