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I am glad to have a template to start working with. The IRB template provides questions that I would not have thought of, such as "What kind of study is it?". It also has questions that I have, such as, "What is the duration of the research project?"
I still haven't decided what my driving question is or what the research will be about. Right now, choosing a topic is my main focus. I have some ideas, however, I need to narrow my ideas into one specific, measurable, assignable, and realistic, project that I can achieve within the time constraints that exists with a 18 month long master's program.
One of the areas of the project that will be a focus of mine is to figure out how to measure the data, how to collect the data, and how to transfer that data into a written, formatted, thesis paper. I take solace that Dr. Hawley's expertise is "writing" and that she has us taking baby steps in order to complete a large project.
For me, one important element in this project is that technology is infused to enhance the student learning. I also want this project to challenge me technologically. In addition, I want to focus on 21st century skills as much as I do on the skills related to the Almighty "Achievement Gap". There is so much focus on assessing writing, reading, and math skills, which are actually not on the list of 21st century skills according to "The Glossary of Education Reform"edglossary.org/21st-century-skills/
Below are list of 21st Century skills that I may embed into my project and use to measure student success.