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  • 1. •Online Discussions Between Students (& Teachers) •Within the same class or between multiple classes •Convenient for Students •Any Place, Any Time (within reason) •Synchronous & Asynchronous Environments •Provides Students with Support •Students Learn from Each Other •Enhances Teamwork
  • 2. •Discussion Boards •Course Management System or Free Web Versions •White Boards •Scribblar (Web 2.0) •Chat Rooms •Course Management System •Free Web Chat Rooms •Wikis •Free Services (WetPaint.com) •Blogs •Free Services (Blogger.com)
  • 3. •Provides a way for interaction outside the classroom •Create prompts for students to answer •Have students reply to their classmates’ postings •Incorporate Groups •Have them work together to formulate ideas •Work on in-class projects from home or library •Provide students with guidelines for participating in online discussion boards (Wonderful Article) http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EQM05410.pdf
  • 4. •Provides a way for interaction outside the classroom •Allow students to work together on a project as see changes as they happen. •Incorporate teamwork skills •Showcase a final product that was completed by multiple students in an online environment. •Interactive Tools •Online Chat Functions •Sharing of Files
  • 5. •Provides a way for interaction outside the classroom •Allows students to collaborate in a synchronous environment using text (and voice is some cases) •Students can be facilitated by teachers or even parent volunteers •Logging of information allows the teacher and students who missed the session to view what was said
  • 6. •Provides a way for interaction outside the classroom •Allows students to collaborate in an asynchronous environment •Track students who change, update, add or alter the document, as well as overall student involvement •Allows students to build a sense of teamwork and responsibility •Can be showcased to a small or world-wide group
  • 7. •Provides a way for interaction outside the classroom •Allows students to build and showcase their opinions and ideas for others to view •Students can get feedback from classmates or others if they wish to allow this access •Students have the ability to showcase their talents as well
  • 8. Online Student “Talk” (for rubrics) from Susan Lowes from the Teachers College at Columbia University: •Disputational Talk - assertions are made in the post followed by counter assertions (arguments) •Cumulative Talk - post says something. Somebody adds to it. •Exploratory Talk - post presents new information. Different ideas are discussed before a decision is reached. This is the optimal threaded discussion talk, but doesn't happen often.
  • 9. Online Collaboration of students is a new area for teachers. It not only creates yet another place that teachers must monitor, but the benefits outweigh the additional work! Students can, and in most cases will, build their teamwork skills as well as build upon a new sense of responsibility. Try just one of these types of online collaboration, you’ll enjoy…and your students will too!