Collaboration in the Digital Age Patrick Woessner MICDS Professional Development 2010
Session Agenda Why Collaboration Cooperative Learning Project Based Learning Authentic Assessment Classroom Examples Type -- Tool -- Task Compare and Create Wikispaces Google Apps for Education Assessing Collaboration Q and A Image Source: http://spacewithapurpose.wikispaces.com/Wikis+Home
Why Collaboration in the classroom? Support group projects/group authoring Greater accountability Connect students and facilitate peer review Synchronous and asynchronous communication Organize and distribute resources Class page/project website Showcase student work Control access Provide timely feedback Makes learning transparent Image Source: http://www.jeffstanger.net/blog/
Benefits to students Opportunities for collaboration Learn to work together Learn from each other Engage every student Everyone participates/contributes Extends the learning environment Resources always available Improves organization Provides cohesion to the learning experience Image Source: http://sciencenotes.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/wiki_web_c-by-andrew-weldon.jpg
2nd Grade: Winter Olympics Type: Class Project Tool: Wikispaces Task: Class created their own Olympic torch and attempted a “virtual” torch relay. Their goal was to see if they could get their torch to all five regions represented by the Olympic rings. URL: http://globetrotters.wikispaces.com/Winter+Olympics
5th Grade Geography: Geo-Squirts Type: Class Page Tool: Wikispaces Task: Teacher-managed portal for collaborative projects with other schools; also serves as a showcase for student work. URL: http://geo-squirts-usa.wikispaces.com/
6th Grade History: Rome and China Type: Project Wiki Tool: Wikispaces Task: Students individually researched a question related to Han China and Imperial Rome. Findings were shared on the wiki and the activity culminated in an oral presentation. URL: http://romeandchina.wikispaces.com/
7th Grade Science: Evolution Type: Project Wiki Tool: MediaWiki Task: Students (working alone or in pairs) chose one of three questions to research and used the wiki to organize their findings. Final product was an image-based presentation. URL: http://wiki.micds.org/wiki/The_Evolution_Project
7th Grade English: Animal Farm Type: Project Wiki Tool: MediaWiki Task: Students worked in small groups and completed several tasks that would enable them to teach two chapters of Animal Farm to their peers. URL: http://wiki.micds.org/wiki/Animal_Farm
8th Grade English: Single Scene Play Type: Project Tool: MediaWiki Task: Working in small groups, students wrote a single scene play that included cast descriptions, stage directions, and dialog. URL: http://tinyurl.com/wikiplay
9th Grade English: Survivor Island Type: Project Tool: Pbworks Task: Transform “Lord of the Flies” into a cooperative learning experience where groups of students are “stranded” on an island and survival is the goal. URL: http://lordofsurvival.pbworks.com/
AP Calculus: Solution Manual Type: Student Resource Tool: Pbworks Task: Students help each other learn by writing a collaborative solutions manual that includes a detailed annotation of the steps involved. URL: http://apcalc2008.pbworks.com/
Advanced Chemistry: Lab Report Type: Project Tool: MediaWiki Task: Students published their lab reports and included statements of contribution and concurrence. Note use of tables and formulas. URL: http://tinyurl.com/micdschemlab
Activity: Explore a wiki Browse through the selection of example wikis provided and consider how you might use a wiki for communication and collaboration.
Getting Started: WIKISPACES Available at http://www.wikispaces.micds.org/ Only MICDS students and faculty are members Log in procedure: MICDS username (e.g. pwoessner) password = micdsrams Users should change this password after login!
Activity: edit a wiki Go to the Workshop Sandbox and request to join the space Once approved, begin editing your page. Add common elements such as text, hyperlinks, and widgets.
A word about permissions Wikis can be public or private If public, students should not share personal information If private, you control who can edit and view Important pages should be locked from editing
Gadgets change the functionality of your page and can be added, moved, and removed Use the “Add stuff” link to add Google Docs, RSS, and Calendar to your iGoogle page. Themes change the look of your page and are available under the “Add stuff” link. Activity: Customizing iGoogle
Google Docs is a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service. Google Docs
Activity: Creating, Uploading, and Sharing Documents Create a new Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet and explore the formatting features. Upload a Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet into Google Docs Share your Google Doc with another user in the workshop
The “Old” version of Google Spreadsheets allow for the insertion of Gadgets Gadgets in Google Spreadsheets
Forms allow for surveys that organize response data into a Spreadsheet. They can be shared via link or embedded. Google Forms
Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. To add a site to your reader, click the RSS icon in the address bar You can subscribe to student blogs by importing an OPML file (see your CIT for more information) Google Reader
Choose from the following options: Add a Gadget to a Google Spreadsheet Create a Google Form Subscribe to an RSS feed from a blog or website Activity: Gadgets, Forms, RSS
iGoogle Google Reader Google Groups Google Sites Docs and Spreadsheets Google Apps in the Classroom
Users can import, export, share, embed, and subscribe to Google Calendars Google Calendar
Google Groups: Create and manage groups of MICDS students/users Google Sites: Create a webpage/website with access control Google Video: Upload, share, and manage video (up to 300 MB) with MICDS users Google Mobile: Access Google Apps through your SmartPhone Aviary: Suite of browser-based design tools available from within Google Apps Other Google Apps/Services
Assessing Collaborative work Process is as important as Product Utilize document/site history, in-class observations, & peer review Read-Write-Think offers a 5 category wiki rubric: Content Organization Attractiveness Contribution to the Group Accuracy Tools like Rubistar and iRubric can greatly aid the rubric creation process and allow for easy collaboration among teachers.