Harry Potter Book Project in EdmodoA Collaborative Initiative Between Students from Egypt and Canada Ayat Tawel and Bernadette Rego
Project Objectives- Change stereotypes about other countries.- Improving SS reading skill, writing and critical thinking- Using the language confidently in an authentic environment.- Enjoying travelling virtually to other countries and making new friends.
Outline of tools used• Edmodo• PB Works• Voxopop• Skype• Google Docs
Harry Potter Book Project: How it started• Teachers met via Skype and exchanged e-mails• Both teachers were using Edmodo in an onlinecourse (class digitools)• Used Google docs to organize class lists andcreate sub-groups (4-8 students).• Established an Edmodo group.• Parent permission forms.• Student Conduct Guidelines.
What is Edmodo?•• http://www.edmodo.com• Free learning management system• Currently more than 6.5 million teachers andstudents connected to EdmodoUser statistic source: http://about.edmodo.com/
Edmodos Features• Its a free, safe and closed place to connect, collaborate andshare content.• No e-mail required for student sign-up• Students cannot privately message each other• Assignments, quizzes and grades can be created and shared.• Important links and docs can be stored in folders.• Teachers can create multiple groups and sub-groups.• Teachers can award students badges.• Parents can sign up with a special code.
Harry Potter Book Project: Preliminary Work• Educating students about each othersrespective countries and cultures• Obtaining signed permission from parents• Explaining conduct guidelines to students• Creating student accounts• Ensuring internet access for all students
Preliminary work (cont.)• Establishing a wiki for students where they have alink to the online open book website, vocabulary andquestions for each chapter.
Harry Potter Book Project: Student Introductions• Students introduced themselves in Edmodo• Created voice introductions using Voxopop (http://www.voxopop.com)
Harry Potter Book Project: Initial Challenges• Deciding upon how to evaluate student work• Educating students about online etiquette• Encouraging students to post introductions• Dividing students into sub-groups•Motivating students who will work on theirown as an extra activity.• Students’ access to internet.
Harry Potter Book Project: Some Obstacles• Voxopop (closed / open talk group)• Students working online at school.• Students working online on their own athome. (Jing tutorial)• Open book link no longer working (Plan B)• Time constraints discouraging some students(Adding a variety of optional work to do)
Harry Potter Book Project: Successes• Student enthusiasm in communicating withpeers and learning more about each other (dailylife, school day and subjects, Pyramids, RCMP,food, landmarks..etc.), moving from a bookcontent to a general content.• Students mastering Edmodo• Students working effectively in groups• Students privacy protected throughout thelearning process
Harry Potter Book Project: What We Have Learned• Importance of weekly communication betweenteachers• Importance of educating students about onlineetiquette• Selecting tools that protect students onlineprivacy• Accepting obstacles may arise while embracinga positive attitude
Recap of tools used- Edmodo- Voxopop- Wiki- Google docs- Skype
"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mohandas Gandhi Thank you for this great opportunity Ayat Tawel : firstname.lastname@example.org @ayatawel Bernadette Rego: email@example.com @bernadetterego