Maximizing Classroom Collaboration Using Web 2.0 Technology Specifically, using Google Docs & Spreadsheets …  or … As some...
Your facilitators <ul><li>Cynthia Russell : Professor, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) </li></ul...
Web 2.0 Technologies <ul><li>Emphasize online collaboration & sharing among users </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia’s descriptio...
Resource Web Page <ul><li>The TLT Group has prepared a resource page from one of their sessions that highlighted Google Do...
Session objectives <ul><li>Describe benefits & obstacles to collaboration . Whether among students, among faculty, or betw...
Definition Collaboration   - (k uh -lab- uh - rey -sh uh n) n. the act of collaborating. Working together for a common end...
What do we collaborate on? <ul><li>Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Grant proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul...
How do we collaborate? <ul><li>In the past, more slowly & at more expense: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Postal mail documents </l...
Now you! What are some strategies that you’ve used to: <ul><li>Collaborate with Colleagues & Other Professionals </li></ul...
Now you! Rate how well your collaboration strategies have worked  (overall or specifically) 1 10
Why don’t our standard collaboration strategies work well? <ul><li>Multiple people </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple versions of ...
What students want in collaborative projects… <ul><li>Anytime access to the most current version </li></ul><ul><li>Ability...
Now you! What collaborative activities do you use in classes? <ul><li>Papers? </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations? </li></ul><...
Programs Facilitating Collaboration <ul><li>Skype  – computer to computer calls </li></ul><ul><li>FolderShare  – file shar...
Now you! Have you used Google Docs & Spreadsheets? With students With colleagues This is the 1 st  time I’m exploring it. ...
Specific use of Google Docs & Spreadsheets in a Class <ul><li>Qualitative Research Methods .  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gradua...
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Anytime Access <ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Your time </li></ul><ul><li>Your p...
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Familiar Interface <ul><li>Some similar icons to commonly used word processing programs </li></...
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Revision History <ul><li>Maintains a history of revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to compare rev...
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Automatic Save <ul><li>Automatic saving of document every few seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Author ...
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Individual Contributions Viewable <ul><li>Each person’s contributions noted by: </li></ul><ul><...
Google Docs & Spreadsheets Easy to Set up & Add Contributors <ul><li>Click the Collaborate tab at the upper right-hand cor...
Now you! Brainstorming about the use of Google Docs & Spreadsheets <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional goals...
Resource Web Page <ul><li>The TLT Group has prepared a resource page from one of their sessions that highlighted Google Do...
For more Resources from the TLT Group If you want to go into this subject more deeply, … Resource page  for an earlier ses...
For more Reviews of GDS Official GDS Web sites Home page of Google Docs & Spreadsheets (GDS): docs.google.com If you want ...
Clothing the Emperor <ul><li>Myths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone likes to work/learn in teams and knows how to participat...
for your participation! <ul><li>We hope you’ve discovered some ideas for innovative uses of technology to support collabor...
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    1. 1. Maximizing Classroom Collaboration Using Web 2.0 Technology Specifically, using Google Docs & Spreadsheets … or … As some like to say … TLT Group www.tltgroup.org The University of Tennessee Health Science Center www.utmem.edu /nursing 2007
    2. 2. Your facilitators <ul><li>Cynthia Russell : Professor, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) </li></ul><ul><li>Heather Carter-Templeton : PhD student, UTHSC and Instructor, Mississippi University for Women </li></ul><ul><li>Wendy Likes : Assistant Professor, UTHSC </li></ul><ul><li>Stella Nwokeji : PhD student, UTHSC </li></ul><ul><li>Reba Umberger : PhD student, UTHSC and Research Coordinator, Memphis Veteran Affairs Medical Center </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Gilbert : President, TLT Group </li></ul><ul><li>Our Qualifications on this Topic : We’re avid users of technology in ways that help learners and teachers attain positive outcomes. Plus we’re avid users of Google Docs and Spreadsheets! </li></ul>
    3. 3. Web 2.0 Technologies <ul><li>Emphasize online collaboration & sharing among users </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia’s description of Web 2.0: </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis – Wikipedia, TikiWiki </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – Blogger, WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking Sites – del.icio.us, BlinkList </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based applications – ThinkFree, BaseCamp </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs and Spreadsheets </li></ul>
    4. 4. Resource Web Page <ul><li>The TLT Group has prepared a resource page from one of their sessions that highlighted Google Docs & Spreadsheets. You’ll find this at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.tltgroup.org/oli/20070309GoogleDocsEdUsesResources.htm </li></ul><ul><li>We have created a Google Doc to accompany this presentation. It’s located at: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// docs.google.com/Doc?id =dg5jm3fj_2g97c5g </li></ul><ul><li>The document is published so that anyone can view it. </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like to be a collaborator on the document and work within the document? If so, send an email with your name and email address to [email_address] to be added. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Session objectives <ul><li>Describe benefits & obstacles to collaboration . Whether among students, among faculty, or between students & faculty. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify online tools that support collaborative work . Particularly collaborative work on a shared document. </li></ul><ul><li>List examples of specific uses of GDS to support collaborative teaching & learning . Identify examples from your classes or work where a collaborative environment such as this is useful. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine how to evaluate whether or not to use GDS for certain educational situations. Dependent on your instructional goals or context and characteristics of learners or teachers, etc… </li></ul>By completing this session, you will be able to:
    6. 6. Definition Collaboration - (k uh -lab- uh - rey -sh uh n) n. the act of collaborating. Working together for a common end. Latin roots: “to labor together.”
    7. 7. What do we collaborate on? <ul><li>Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Grant proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Other things </li></ul>
    8. 8. How do we collaborate? <ul><li>In the past, more slowly & at more expense: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Postal mail documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21 st century collaborators often use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emailed documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype or other VoiP service </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Now you! What are some strategies that you’ve used to: <ul><li>Collaborate with Colleagues & Other Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with Students </li></ul>
    10. 10. Now you! Rate how well your collaboration strategies have worked (overall or specifically) 1 10
    11. 11. Why don’t our standard collaboration strategies work well? <ul><li>Multiple people </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple versions of material </li></ul><ul><li>Retaining material </li></ul><ul><li>Limited access to most current material </li></ul>V1 V2 V3
    12. 12. What students want in collaborative projects… <ul><li>Anytime access to the most current version </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to use programs they already know </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to retain all versions, in case of the need to add material back in </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic saving, just in case they forget that important step </li></ul><ul><li>Ability for faculty to identify contributions of the various group members </li></ul>
    13. 13. Now you! What collaborative activities do you use in classes? <ul><li>Papers? </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations? </li></ul><ul><li>Other things? (please describe) </li></ul><ul><li>Consider how well these collaborative activities work – for you as faculty or as student! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Programs Facilitating Collaboration <ul><li>Skype – computer to computer calls </li></ul><ul><li>FolderShare – file sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Stickam – synchronous video </li></ul><ul><li>TalkAndWrite – synchronous document interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Tikiwiki (or others) – collaborative creation of materials </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs & Spreadsheets – centralized storage of documents for editing by multiple persons </li></ul>Your favorites?
    15. 15. Now you! Have you used Google Docs & Spreadsheets? With students With colleagues This is the 1 st time I’m exploring it. I’ve heard of it, but didn’t think it would be useful. I had some issues with it. I love it! No Yes
    16. 16. Specific use of Google Docs & Spreadsheets in a Class <ul><li>Qualitative Research Methods . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate hybrid class. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Met F2F once/month. Otherwise online. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group work with 3 students/group. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Qualitative Research Article Critique . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group project with student co-construction of document to be turned in. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Qualitative Research Proposal . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual student development. Group members required to comment/edit. Other class members invited to review/comment. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Anytime Access <ul><li>Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Your time </li></ul><ul><li>Your place </li></ul><ul><li>Convenience </li></ul><ul><li>Working students with conflicting timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate access to latest version of document </li></ul>
    18. 18. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Familiar Interface <ul><li>Some similar icons to commonly used word processing programs </li></ul><ul><li>Mouse-over reminders for what each icon allows users to do </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes exported document to Word for formatting – from Google to Word and back again sometimes created problems </li></ul><ul><li>Tables were sometimes problematic – both within Google or when downloaded to Word </li></ul><ul><li>Spellcheck sometimes caused problems </li></ul>
    19. 19. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Revision History <ul><li>Maintains a history of revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to compare revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Can quickly locate and open any version </li></ul><ul><li>Can get “busy” if you don’t clean up comments </li></ul>
    20. 20. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Automatic Save <ul><li>Automatic saving of document every few seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Author able to click save at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Author also able to discard changes so that the revision isn’t kept in history (only in documents, not spreadsheets) </li></ul><ul><li>Some issues with multiple people trying to edit document simultaneously </li></ul><ul><li>Will show editing even if people merely have logged into the document and have it minimized in browser </li></ul>
    21. 21. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Individual Contributions Viewable <ul><li>Each person’s contributions noted by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unique color </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Username </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Google Docs & Spreadsheets Easy to Set up & Add Contributors <ul><li>Click the Collaborate tab at the upper right-hand corner of the screen to add individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Invite people to either </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate – editing privileges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View – see the document’s progression </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People you add are sent an email with the document’s unique location </li></ul><ul><li>Some issues if person has multiple emails in Google – consolidate! </li></ul>
    23. 23. Now you! Brainstorming about the use of Google Docs & Spreadsheets <ul><li>Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional goals </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional/instructional context </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of learners </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of teachers </li></ul>
    24. 24. Resource Web Page <ul><li>The TLT Group has prepared a resource page from one of their sessions that highlighted Google Docs & Spreadsheets. You’ll find this at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.tltgroup.org/oli/20070309GoogleDocsEdUsesResources.htm </li></ul><ul><li>We have created a Google Doc to accompany this presentation. It’s located at: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// docs.google.com/Doc?id =dg5jm3fj_2g97c5g </li></ul><ul><li>The document is published so that anyone can view it. </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like to be a collaborator on the document and work within the document? If so, send an email with your name and email address to [email_address] to be added. </li></ul>
    25. 25. For more Resources from the TLT Group If you want to go into this subject more deeply, … Resource page for an earlier session on Google Docs & Spreadsheets: http://www.tltgroup.org/oli/20070309GoogleDocsEdUsesResources.htm CheatSheet - Additional tips developed by Bonnie Hunter of TLT Group (this is, itself, a Google Doc!) http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ajcxc7jhbwxg_30dvc7rb INTERACTION - OPTION What are your favorite educational applications of Google Docs & Spreadsheets?  What are their educational implications?  Please answer briefly as a comment to this TLT-SWG blog posting: http://tlt-swg.blogspot.com/2007/03/fridaylive-google-docs-spreadsheets-5.html Resources from Barbara Millis on cooperative learning: http://www.idea.ksu.edu/papers/Idea_Paper_38.pdf http://www.tltgroup.org/resources/rmillis3.html http://www.tltgroup.org/gilbert/millis.htm http://www.tltgroup.org/gilbert/cooplearning.htm
    26. 26. For more Reviews of GDS Official GDS Web sites Home page of Google Docs & Spreadsheets (GDS): docs.google.com If you want to go into this subject more deeply, … Great review of GDS by Bill Webb: www.lockergnome.com/nexus/windows/2006/10/16/google-damps / Tour of GDS: www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html GDS blog: google-d-s.blogspot.com / PC Magazine’s review: www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2032345,00.asp CNET’s review: reviews.cnet.com/Google_Docs_Spreadsheets/4505-9239_7-32115919.html Google for Educators: www.google.com/educators/index.html
    27. 27. Clothing the Emperor <ul><li>Myths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone likes to work/learn in teams and knows how to participate well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most students do not like to work/learn in teams and they do not know how to participate well </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clarification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neither extreme is accurate – as usual! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some students worry that other, less conscientious teammates will unfairly benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some worry that their own contributions will be irretrievably distorted or lost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some faculty worry that they will be unable to determine who contributed what to some document – especially if team members argue about that! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Constructive Alternative(s) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LEADERSHIP: Faculty et al. must take responsibility for guiding, supporting team work/learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TOOLS: Google Docs & Spreadsheets (and others) can help with key problems, make some activities easier; need to be realistic about limitations, too. </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. for your participation! <ul><li>We hope you’ve discovered some ideas for innovative uses of technology to support collaborative learning and projects. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to this live presentation and the Google Doc we prepared, we are also hosting an asynchronous discussion in this conference on our topic. Please join us there with your ideas and questions! </li></ul>

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