Friday, January 12, 2007

What Works, 1/12/07

24 minutes of research, not writing

I was unable to work on the SS and Tech paper today because I received the What Works paper that needs immediate revision (due 2/1). I began making changes on the hard copy yesterday and wanted to begin transferring those to the e-copy today. Unfortunately, I realized I didn't have the manuscript that went to the reviewers. I contacted Cathy who sent me the original so I can begin tomorrow.

I used my time today to make hard copy changes (mainly trying to find synonyms for the word "access"). I also spent a great amount of time finding a citation showing the increase in numbers of students with LEP. I found a source, but am not pleased with it.

Tomorrow I will begin making the e-copy changes. I also need to email the co-authors to see if any of them know of a reference for the LEP comment.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tech in SS with Eric, 1/11/07

21 minutes of writing

I didn't have much time to work this morning because of meetings, but am dedicated to making sure I work daily so took a few minutes first thing in the morning to write.

I didn't make much progress in terms of writing because I began by reviewing the Moersch model and trying to align the model with the table items at the end of the paper. There were some clear connections. To make these connections more explicit, I may need to make some changes to the table. I see that the order of the activities does not necessarily align with the Moersch continuum in his order. It shouldn't take much work to fix.

I spent time beginning writing the Moersch section (which has been moved to the introduction). I wrote partially through a section that explains the Moersch model in terms of social studies. This is where I will begin tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tech in SS with Eric, 1/10/07

45 minutes of writing

Today I worked again on the introductory section to better align it with the reviewers needs. I see that I need to add a section on what defines quality tech integration. I'll need to return to the literature for this piece.

I tried deleting the Moersch section altogether, but later realized this was what a reviewer saw as a potential strength of the paper.

I deleted the ending section and plan to use this in another paper (with Eric's permission). I will replace that section with a more traditional conclusion. If Eric has time, perhaps he could work on this section.

Tomorrow I want to work on the "What defines quality integration" section and try to align the three sections (Starting Out Easy, Taking It to the Next Step, and Beginning to Excel) with the Moersch framework.

Tech in SS with Eric, 1/09/07

48 minutes of writing

Yesterday I worked on revising the Tech in SS article per the recommendations of my teammates at the Tara Gray presentation. I lso began responding to the editorial feedback on the paper. My goal is to make the editorial changes ASAP and get it under review again for Social Education. Based on reviewers comments, I'm not sure if I should delete the Moersh section, or keep it.