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Collaboration in the Digital Age


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Slidedeck for 90 minute workshop on wikis and Google Apps for Ed

Slidedeck for 90 minute workshop on wikis and Google Apps for Ed

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  • 1. Collaboration in the Digital Age
    Patrick Woessner
    MICDS Professional Development 2010
  • 2. Session Agenda
    Why Collaboration
    Cooperative Learning
    Project Based Learning
    Authentic Assessment
    Classroom Examples
    Type -- Tool -- Task
    Compare and Create
    Google Apps for Education
    Assessing Collaboration
    Q and A
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  • 3. 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
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  • 4. 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
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  • 5. Wikis in Plain english
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. Activity: Explore a wiki
    Browse through the selection of example wikis provided and consider how you might use a wiki for communication and collaboration.
  • 16. Getting Started: WIKISPACES
    Available at
    Only MICDS students and faculty are members
    Log in procedure:
    MICDS username (e.g. pwoessner)
    password = micdsrams
    Users should change this password after login!
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Google Apps for Education
  • 20. Google Services
  • 21. iGoogle Start Page
  • 22. 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
  • 23. Google Docs is a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service.
    Google Docs
  • 24. 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
  • 25. The “Old” version of Google Spreadsheets allow for the insertion of Gadgets
    Gadgets in Google Spreadsheets
  • 26. Forms allow for surveys that organize response data into a Spreadsheet. They can be shared via link or embedded.
    Google Forms
  • 27. 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
  • 28. 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
  • 29. iGoogle
    Google Reader
    Google Groups
    Google Sites
    Docs and Spreadsheets
    Google Apps in the Classroom
  • 30. Users can import, export, share, embed, and subscribe to Google Calendars
    Google Calendar
  • 31. 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
  • 32. 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:
    Contribution to the Group
    Tools like Rubistar and iRubric can greatly aid the rubric creation process and allow for easy collaboration among teachers.
  • 33.
  • 34. Questions?