Creating a project the develops pupil collaboration. Teachers are collaborating sharing ideas etc. Aim was to get the pupils to realise that they are collaborating and sharing not passive observers whose contributions are only made by the teacher.
Covering all these areas Internet Safety is always the starting point. Deciding which tools can be used by pupils and the skills they will develop from these. Parent involvement Children with SEN Whole school involvement
If this is the case we can do something about that. However as educators we need to ensure we are using the technology as a teaching tool and are always asking ourselves what have the children learnt from this? Assessment- does eTwinning / Twinspace enable assessment and can it be used as examples of pupil progress. Twinspace can be an online storage of pupils progress, fantastic evidence.
Why Twinspace and not all the other web 2.0 tools and sites? Acknowledge problems but be clear it is safe and manageable. Accessibility is essential for all never crashes always opens in school stores work securely. Safe for pupils and can allow be used for lessons on even the most basic of skills such as logging on and off. Things can be embedded once logged on children can access everything you want them to.
In attempt to make Twinspace a similar platform to our VLE i have taught the children to use the pupil corner to upload work use I used the tools to create a forum, to put in a place for the children to upload their homework.
Discuss the way in which young children can actually use Twinspace.
Open google go to google docs and create a form embed it into a blog on your own Twinspace.
Pupil collaboration through twinspace
Pupil Collaboration through Twinspace Kate Keaveny firstname.lastname@example.org
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The file archive was the The forum was created to place children could encourage children to upload their homework communicate with one another.
The pupils posted some simpleinformation about themselves and then received replies.
Tools that pupils can use through Twinspace and upload to Twinspace. iPods and iPads can be used to take photos, videos and talking apps which can then be uploaded to Twinspace easily.The file archive allows you to upload talking apps that are saved as mp4 files.
Whole SchoolIdeas for involving the whole school. Forget the teachers. Start with the pupils! The pupils will understand Twinspace and use it to its greatest potential far quicker than some teachers.
Use the pupils work rather than creating additional work. Ask the children what they want to share and upload. A pupils menuproduced at home anduploaded to Twinspace.
Children Blogging With young children using a differentplatform for blogging leads to potential problems. Many require email addresses, if pupils are in supervised they may easily move to other less suitable blogs. Twinspace blogs are a great safe and secure platform for blogging.
Using google docs to createforms for use in Twinspace. Using google docs you can create a form andthen embed it in a blog.
If you include somerequired questions you can ensure you can compare answers. The results from pupils. The questions were answered on Twinspace on a form embedded from google docs.
How could you use one these in a collaborative project? Prezzi Twiddla Mindomo Dipity Arts connected The artists toolkit
To r eal ly ent huse t he chil dr en we t each , we need t o ent er t heir wor l d, and ICT is an ideal vehicl e. W ar e pr epar ing our e chil dr en f or j obs t hat dont exist yet using t echnol ogy t hat hasnt been invent ed t osol ve pr obl em t hat we dont seven know ar e pr obl em yet . s (Kar l Fisch, Shif t Happens, 2006)
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