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    • Shared Learning Conference
    • February 19, 2010
    • Gary Toews
    Developing Collaborative Online Classroom Communities
  • SD34 AbbyNet Conference
    • Run by STaRT Education.
    • Easy to set up. Any teacher can create a class conference in Abbynet.
    • Administration can be distributed to teachers at the school level.
    • Not a friendly web view. Based on email model.
    • Good for some things: discussion, creating and handing-in FirstClass based assignments.
    • Requires FirstClass client to get full experience.
    • Easy to learn if you already are familiar with FirstClass.
    • Grade 4 and higher
  • SD34 Wiki Server
    • Run by STaRT Education. Pilot year 2009-10. Next year will be preloading students from Grade 5-8.
    • Simple interface.
    • Control of who views and can edit.
    • Commenting can be moderated.
    • Quicklook for many file formats
    • Very rich media experience
    • Grade 3 and higher
  • External Wiki Services
    • You are at the mercy of an outside organization.
    • May have more features
    • There is a great deal of variety to choose from.
    • WetPaint, PBWorks, WikiSpaces
    • Click here for a great list of available wikis.
    • Click here for Ways to Use Wikis with your students
  • Google Docs
    • Run by Google (can be difficult to get support).
    • Very scalable. Can handle a great deal of traffic and does not require a very fast connection to the internet.
    • Supports iPod Touch via QuickOffice ($9.99 in Apple App Store)
    • Excellent collaboration features. Students can share with teacher for marking.
    • Powerful applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint compatibility. (Presentation module is especially powerful for students)
    • Integrated into the larger Google system.
    • Grade 4 and higher.
    • Media centric. Based on the model of dropping media files into a shared space. 
    • Powerful media conversion and sharing features.
    • Can be used for text-based communication
    • Commenting and presentation mode built in.
    • Only one Guest user. Everyone shares this level of access. Difficult to manage a class.
    • Shared text document for collaborative writing.
    • All have same level of access to space. Requires maturity of users.
    • Very "live" feeling to collaborating.
    • Chat on the side bar enhances the process.
    • Limited to 15 concurrent users. 
    • Can be exported as Word file
    • Has a timeline to view process.
  • Putting it all together...
    • Some tools are very good at one or two things. You must choose from a variety of tools to get the full experience.
    • You need a home for your community. AbbyNet conference can be a good start.
    • Then choose the best tool for the result you desire.
    • Web links can be used to refer to tools from within AbbyNet Conference.
    • The hybrid model is the most powerful. Face to face and the classroom extension
    Putting it all together...