The following timeline summarizes the significant dates and phases of this project.
September - December 2014 - Advertising: During this period of time, the project will be advertised in various ways to attract participants.
September - December 2014 - Registration: Until the registration deadline of 12/31/14, teachers will be able to register their classes to participate in the project.
January 2015 - Teacher Preparation: During the month of January, all teachers participating in the project will receive detailed information about the project procedures, as well as links to all necessary documents, instructions for the data analysis component, and optional extension activities.
February 2015 - Data Collection and Submission: The project will officially begin for students in February. Throughout this month, students will collect and submit their data. Having the whole month to complete this portion of the project will allow teachers the flexibility to fit it in where their curriculum allows. However, to ensure that the project stays on their radar, teachers will receive weekly reminder emails for their classes to submit their data until they have completed this portion of the project. Once their students' data has been submitted, teachers will receive a confirmation message.
March/April 2015 - Conversions and Data Analysis: Now that all data has been submitted, students will begin converting the data into their location's units of currency and measurement and then calculating averages and other data analysis. They will post updates about their progress and reflections about their discoveries in the discussion forum. Like in February, teachers will receive weekly reminder emails if their classes are not participating in this phase of the project. While classes are certainly not expected to participate on a daily basis, each class should be contributing regularly within the discussion forum.
May 2015 - Final Reflections and Evaluations: At the end of the project, students will complete an original work illustrating something they have learned by participating in the project. The reflective piece can be mathematical (such as a graph/chart with an explanation) or non-mathematical (a poem, song, or drawing). All participating teachers and students will also complete feedback surveys in order to evaluate their experience working on the project.