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Meeting of Minds: Technology Tools to Access Shared Thinking and Strengthen Collaboration
Drs. Angela and Brian Housand

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    1. 1. Technology Tools to Access Shared Thinking and Strengthen Collaborations Dr. Angela Housand & Dr. Brian Housand NAGC 2010 – Atlanta
    2. 2. More than 500 million active users 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day Average user has 130 friends People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
    3. 3. Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events. Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month. More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each
    4. 4. 1. Don't be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity. 2. Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit and enjoy your greatest strengths. 3. Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others and to walk away from the games they impose on you. Free yourself to play your own game. 4. Find a great teacher or mentor who will help you. 5. Don't waste energy trying to be well rounded. 6. Do what you love and can do well. 7. Learn the skills of interdependence.
    5. 5. New Skills For A New Age What students must master to succeed.
    6. 6. LEARN Access, evaluate, and use different forms of information. Exercise critical thinking. Exhibit fluency with tech tools.
    7. 7. Use various forms of media when presenting ideas. Display originality. Employ problem solving skills. CREATE
    8. 8. Work successfully as a team. Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness. Communicate complex ideas effectively. COLLABORA TE
    9. 9. Collaborate with Others Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member
    10. 10. http://nets-implementation.
    11. 11. Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Communication and Collaboration
    12. 12. A. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. B. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. C. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures. D. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems. Communication and Collaboration
    13. 13. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller
    14. 14. 19% Percentage of Americans who have tried a video call.
    15. 15. Screen Sharing Group Video Calling Send Files More Than Just A Video Phone!
    16. 16. Ideas for Using Skype •Skype an Expert •Classroom Exchange •Virtual Field Trips •Social Network Building for G/T •Face to Face Interactions
    17. 17. •Plan ahead! •Schedule a TEST RUN. •Prepare questions ahead of time. •Expect the unexpected. •Have a Plan B, C, D, and possibly E. Avoiding Potential Pitfalls
    18. 18.
    19. 19. •Annotate, Archive, Organize My Library •Build a Personal Learning Network My Network •Create a Group Knowledge Repository My Groups •Research, Share, CollaborateCommunity
    20. 20. Google Docs m •No software to purchase or install! •LIVES in the CLOUD! Work is automatically saved. •Allows access to files from any computer that connects to the Internet. •Collaborate on documents in REAL TIME. Instantly see what your collaborators are typing. •FORM function allows you to create and deploy web-based surveys with results that are automatically compiled in a spreadsheet. •FOLDER function allows you to store ANY file online. You can access from anywhere and share with anyone.
    21. 21. Ideas for Using Google Docs •Collaborative writing projects •Peer editing •Project planning •Brainstorming •Group presentation creation •Data gathering and analysis •Survey creation •Mind mapping
    22. 22. Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.
    23. 23. How Much Space? 2GB FREE Install on another computer. Share a folder. Invite a friend or colleague. Install on your phone.
    24. 24. Ideas for Calendar •Group task monitoring •Creating a class / group calendar •Assignment Due Dates •Project Timelines •Parent Communication
    25. 25. Observations From the Field
    26. 26. The Program Elementary – 5th Grade Enrichment pull-out program Environmental science focus  Coastal region  Nearby lake and stream
    27. 27. 10 Fifth Grade Students Gender  6 female  4 male Identified  7 formal district procedures  3 teacher recommendation Ethnic Diversity  6 European-white  2 Latino  2 African American
    28. 28. Complete Autonomy to: • Engage in high-level content and real world learning focused on local, regional, and global contexts • Research and critically examine the impacts of regional growth on complex ecosystems
    29. 29. Complete Autonomy to: • Apply skills of leadership, responsibility, productivity, and self-direction to achieve self- determined goals • Communicate and collaborate via the Internet with students from Norway
    30. 30. The Instructor PhD in Gifted Education In depth knowledge of:  Dynamic learning communities  Curriculum for gifted and talented  Environmental science
    31. 31. Connection to Norway Gifted students Advanced contact and planning between instructors Surrounded by similar water bodies Different climate
    32. 32. The Researcher 27 visits February through June 2009 Exploratory study looking for emerging themes Non-participatory Non-instructional
    33. 33. What happened?
    34. 34. Major Finding #1 Insufficient access to the internet Too few computers in classroom Inadequate computer hardware and software iPhone used to circumvent school firewall Difficulty accessing technology
    35. 35. Inadequate technology may have contributed to the failure of effectively creating a dynamic learning community with students’ in Norway.
    36. 36. Enable NOT Disable Technology Should...
    37. 37. Think Mobility
    38. 38. One Laptop per Child
    39. 39. (Eduventures)
    40. 40. Major Finding #2 Certain students emerged as leaders Led to distractions Impacted access to technology and tools Impacted opportunities to contribute Impacted group assignment Self-advocacy and Self-promotion
    41. 41. Major Finding #3 Instruction varied by learning style, process, and product Almost no whole group instruction Student groups were self- selected Increased student engagement when products and processes were authentic Differentiated Instruction
    42. 42. Engage Students Authentically Present students with real- world challenges that require them to apply their relevant skills and knowledge.
    43. 43. Engage Students Authentically Have students engage problems in the same ways that professionals in the associated fields do.
    44. 44. If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. -George Bernard Shaw But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
    45. 45. One more thing…
    46. 46. Collaborative Mind Mapping Tools
    47. 47. But Wait…
    48. 48. Technology Tools to Access Shared Thinking and Strengthen Collaborations Dr. Angela Housand & Dr. Brian Housand NAGC 2010 – Atlanta