A small project I am running up in NZ is to try to link practitioners to keynote speakers at the http://NAVCON2K4 conference. Again, this draws on UV experience and I post the dreaft letter to entice participants……..
Dear Colleagues. As a part of the NAVCON2K4 conference we are seeing to recruit 30 teachers to take part in a pilot project to look at how we can support classroom practitioner through undertaking small scale action research projects linked to keynote presenters at the conference.
The project will start in the beginning of August and will finish in November when a research paper on the success of the project will be shred with the Ministry of Education and published online along with the individual action research projects. The project is a an action research project in its own right and as such everyone involved is a co-researcher and contributor to the research paper.
To support this, we will use Blog technology to help researchers in developing ideas, planning, and undertaking their action research. The project will be facilitated by Stephen Powell and Anne Trewern who have experience in supporting students through the action research process in online environments.
In addition to the online support, we will invite participants to meet conference keynote presenters at a reception at NAVCON where they will have a further opportunity to explore ideas and share experiences.
Each ‘researcher’ who completes a piece of action research will be entered into a draw to win one of 3 digital cameras. And, because they are much cheaper than digital cameras, everyone will at least get a T-shirt!
If you like the sound of this, then contact Stephen at email@example.com (021336954)
I for one would certainly be interested on how this pans out. Another “feature” that can be handy is “trackbacks”. They are a form of a reference.
Here is a reference as to what trackbacks are in relation to Moveabletype
I think that they will be an added bonus to your exercise.