Collaboration in the Digital Age


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Collaboration in the Digital Age

  1. 1. Collaboration in the Digital Age<br />Patrick Woessner<br />MICDS Professional Development 2010<br />
  2. 2. Session Agenda<br />Why Collaboration<br />Cooperative Learning<br />Project Based Learning<br />Authentic Assessment<br />Classroom Examples<br />Type -- Tool -- Task<br />Compare and Create<br />Wikispaces<br />Google Apps for Education<br />Assessing Collaboration<br />Q and A<br />Image Source:<br />
  3. 3. Why Collaboration in the classroom?<br />Support group projects/group authoring<br />Greater accountability<br />Connect students and facilitate peer review<br />Synchronous and asynchronous communication<br />Organize and distribute resources<br />Class page/project website<br />Showcase student work<br />Control access<br />Provide timely feedback<br />Makes learning transparent<br />Image Source:<br />
  4. 4. Benefits to students<br />Opportunities for collaboration<br />Learn to work together<br />Learn from each other<br />Engage every student<br />Everyone participates/contributes<br />Extends the learning environment<br />Resources always available<br />Improves organization<br />Provides cohesion to the learning experience<br />Image Source:<br />
  5. 5. Wikis in Plain english<br />
  6. 6. 2nd Grade: Winter Olympics<br />Type: Class Project<br />Tool: Wikispaces<br />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.<br />URL:<br />
  7. 7. 5th Grade Geography: Geo-Squirts <br />Type: Class Page<br />Tool: Wikispaces<br />Task: Teacher-managed portal for collaborative projects with other schools; also serves as a showcase for student work.<br />URL:<br />
  8. 8. 6th Grade History: Rome and China<br />Type: Project Wiki<br />Tool: Wikispaces<br />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.<br />URL:<br />
  9. 9. 7th Grade Science: Evolution <br />Type: Project Wiki<br />Tool: MediaWiki<br />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.<br />URL:<br />
  10. 10. 7th Grade English: Animal Farm<br />Type: Project Wiki<br />Tool: MediaWiki<br />Task: Students worked in small groups and completed several tasks that would enable them to teach two chapters of Animal Farm to their peers.<br />URL:<br />
  11. 11. 8th Grade English: Single Scene Play<br />Type: Project<br />Tool: MediaWiki<br />Task: Working in small groups, students wrote a single scene play that included cast descriptions, stage directions, and dialog.<br />URL:<br />
  12. 12. 9th Grade English: Survivor Island<br />Type: Project<br />Tool: Pbworks<br />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.<br />URL:<br />
  13. 13. AP Calculus: Solution Manual<br />Type: Student Resource<br />Tool: Pbworks<br />Task: Students help each other learn by writing a collaborative solutions manual that includes a detailed annotation of the steps involved.<br />URL:<br />
  14. 14. Advanced Chemistry: Lab Report <br />Type: Project<br />Tool: MediaWiki<br />Task: Students published their lab reports and included statements of contribution and concurrence. Note use of tables and formulas.<br />URL:<br />
  15. 15. Activity: Explore a wiki<br />Browse through the selection of example wikis provided and consider how you might use a wiki for communication and collaboration.<br />
  16. 16. Getting Started: WIKISPACES<br />Available at<br />Only MICDS students and faculty are members<br />Log in procedure:<br />MICDS username (e.g. pwoessner)<br />password = micdsrams<br />Users should change this password after login!<br />
  17. 17. Activity: edit a wiki<br />Go to the Workshop Sandbox and request to join the space<br />Once approved, begin editing your page. Add common elements such as text, hyperlinks, and widgets.<br />
  18. 18. A word about permissions<br />Wikis can be public or private<br />If public, students should not share personal information<br />If private, you control who can edit and view<br />Important pages should be locked from editing<br />
  19. 19. Google Apps for Education<br />
  20. 20. Google Services<br />
  21. 21. iGoogle Start Page<br />
  22. 22. Gadgets change the functionality of your page and can be added, moved, and removed<br />Use the “Add stuff” link to add Google Docs, RSS, and Calendar to your iGoogle page.<br />Themes change the look of your page and are available under the “Add stuff” link.<br />Activity: Customizing iGoogle<br />
  23. 23. Google Docs is a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service.<br />Google Docs<br />
  24. 24. Activity: Creating, Uploading, and Sharing Documents<br />Create a new Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet and explore the formatting features. <br />Upload a Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet into Google Docs<br />Share your Google Doc with another user in the workshop<br />
  25. 25. The “Old” version of Google Spreadsheets allow for the insertion of Gadgets<br />Gadgets in Google Spreadsheets<br />
  26. 26. Forms allow for surveys that organize response data into a Spreadsheet. They can be shared via link or embedded.<br />Google Forms<br />
  27. 27. Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.<br />To add a site to your reader, click the RSS icon in the address bar<br />You can subscribe to student blogs by importing an OPML file (see your CIT for more information)<br />Google Reader<br />
  28. 28. Choose from the following options:<br />Add a Gadget to a Google Spreadsheet<br />Create a Google Form<br />Subscribe to an RSS feed from a blog or website<br />Activity: Gadgets, Forms, RSS<br />
  29. 29. iGoogle<br />Google Reader<br />Google Groups<br />Google Sites<br />Docs and Spreadsheets<br />Google Apps in the Classroom<br />
  30. 30. Users can import, export, share, embed, and subscribe to Google Calendars<br />Google Calendar<br />
  31. 31. Google Groups: Create and manage groups of MICDS students/users<br />Google Sites: Create a webpage/website with access control<br />Google Video: Upload, share, and manage video (up to 300 MB) with MICDS users<br />Google Mobile: Access Google Apps through your SmartPhone<br />Aviary: Suite of browser-based design tools available from within Google Apps<br />Other Google Apps/Services<br />
  32. 32. Assessing Collaborative work<br />Process is as important as Product<br />Utilize document/site history, in-class observations, & peer review<br />Read-Write-Think offers a 5 category wiki rubric:<br />Content<br />Organization<br />Attractiveness<br />Contribution to the Group<br />Accuracy<br />Tools like Rubistar and iRubric can greatly aid the rubric creation process and allow for easy collaboration among teachers. <br />
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  34. 34. Questions?<br />