Teaching in the age of collaboration


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We are living in the social media age where it is easier than ever to create projects and work with other classes in othr parts of the world. This slideshare shows applications that enhance workinwith others, and also how to find global partners to work with.

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Teaching in the age of collaboration

  1. 1. TEACHING IN THE AG OF COLLABORATION Presenter: Fiona Beal fionabeal@gmail.com
  2. 2. Introducing myself Web 2.0 ‘fanatic’ and passionate about combining the curriculum with technology Have taught Grades 1 - 7 and am now the computer teacher at Fishhoek Primary School Life was revolutionised in 2009 by blogging and discovering a whole educational community ‘out there’ Winner of Innovative Teacher 2009 in SA. Winning place in Pan African Finals in Mauritius and participated in World Finals in Brazil Textbook writer
  3. 3. Question 1 Are we livingin the age ofcollaboration?
  4. 4. Outcomes for todayThis workshop plans to:*show why we need to be involved in online collaboration*show the many online ways of doing collaborative projects such as Skype, Thinkquest, Voicethreads, Windows Live, Google sites, Google docs, Blogs, Wikis, Windows Movie maker… to name just a few*show ways of finding virtual partners to join you.
  5. 5. Back Channel Reflectionhttp://todaysmeet.com/Fiona-CollaborationIntroduceyourselves andadd thoughtsand ideas toshare with us…
  6. 6. Question 2 You say you like doing projects. What do you mean by ‘projects’?
  7. 7. Project-based learning What is meant by a project? What is project-based learning? (See handout) http://pbl-online.org/ http://www97.intel.com/ph/ProjectDesign/Design/PlanningProjects/ (Intel) What is meant by 21st century skills? (see handout) How does Web 2.0 fit in? Introduction to the NETS (Technology standards) (see handout)
  8. 8. Introduction to the NETS1. Creativity and Innovation2. Communication and Collaboration3. Research and Information Fluency4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making5. Digital Citizenship6. Technology Operations and Concepts© 2007 International Society for Technology in Education.
  9. 9. Question 3 How easy is it to introduce projects? Can you give us examples from your experience?
  10. 10. Creating a Grade 1 – 7 reading scheme (2008)Which class: Whole schoolHow did it come about? My passion forcreative writing gave me this ideaDescription: We created reading books for aformerly disadvantaged schoolWeb 2 applications: PowerPoint, Website,Storymaker2, Impatica,Global Audience: Ourselves, the school we targetted and a web audience
  11. 11. Bonding through Blogging (2009)Which class: Grade 4&5 combined classHow did it come about: I thought of this idea when ourschool moved next to a home for the elderlyDescription: The class befriended the elderly on aweekly basis and eventually taught them to blogWeb 2 applications: EdublogsGlobal Audience: project duplicated by six global andone local school
  12. 12. Senior Citizen bloggers
  13. 13. Global collaborative-writing 2009Which class: Grade 4&5 combined classHow did it come about? This grew out ofthe Bonding through Blogging projectDescription: Three ‘virtual friend’ schoolslinked up and wrote collaborative storiesWeb 2 and other applications: Etherpad,Slideboom, Storymaker2, PowerPointAudience: Argentina, Canada, South Africa
  14. 14. Keeping in touch project 2009Which class: Grade 4-6 computer clubHow did I hear about it: I created this idea becausewe had quite a few refugee children join our schooland I wanted them to be able to keep in touch withrelatives and friendsDescription: The Grade 4&5 bloggers helped meteach this group to blogWeb 2 and other applications: EdublogsAudience: Africa
  15. 15. Podcast reading project 2009Which class: Grade 4How did I hear about it: I created this idea withsome of my virtual friends. We used Vocaroo.com toread excerpts from books we enjoy.Description: We read excerpts from our books andthey did likewise.Web 2 and other applications: Edublogs,Vocaroo.comAudience: Argentina, Canada, South Africa
  16. 16. Grade 2 weather project 2010Which class: Grade 2How did I hear about it: Brenda Hallowes from PortElizabeth is involved in an ‘Around the World in 80 daysusing Skype’ project from the Langwitches blog. Sheinvited me to join. Our school collaborated withSwitzerland and 11 other schools.Description: Questions, answers, discussionsWeb 2 and other applications: Skype, email, voicethreads,photo sharing,Audience: 12 countries around the world
  17. 17. Flat Stanley travel buddies 2010Which class: Grade 3How did I hear about it:This is an old, well-knownliteracy project based on a book called FlatStanley, that I resurrected.Description: We created Flat Stanleys with weeklyjournals and exchanged them Flat Stanleys fromPort Elizabeth, England and the USA.Web 2 and other applications: email, Box.net,Audience: 4 schools in England, USA and PortElizabeth that I had come across mainly throughblogging.
  18. 18. Fifa World cup project 2010Which class: Grade 4How did I hear about it: We joined Thinkquestand I noticed this invitation to join a projectDescription: We all created and sharedactivities relating to the Soccer World Cup.Web 2 and other applications: ThinkquestAudience: 159 schools in England and SouthAfrica
  19. 19. Paying It Forward 2009/2010 Which class: Grade 5 How did I hear about it: The Innovative Teacher winners from SA and Nigeria in 2009 planned a project together Description: We decided to each reach out to our communities in different ways and try to make a difference Web 2 and other applications: Wikispaces, Office 2007 Audience: 3 schools in South Africa and 3 schools in Nigeria.
  20. 20. http://paying-it-forward-project.wikispaces.com/
  21. 21. Winter Olympics 2010Which class: Grade 6How did I hear about it: One of my virtual bloggingfriends told me about it.Description: The Canadian Olympics took place atthe beginning of this year and the organiserplanned activities around that event.Web 2 and other applications: Wikispaces, BigHuge Labs, Slide.com, Microsoft Office,Audience: 56 schools from around the world.
  22. 22. http://2010olympics.wikispaces.com/
  23. 23. Grade 7 classroom blogsWhich class: Grade 7 computer monitorsHow did I hear about it: I wanted to introduce the idea ofclassroom blogging around at my school so we started ablog for each grade team.Description: Monitors were assigned to collect and type news,take photos, and upload information to the blogsevery week.Web 2 and other applications: Blogger.com, Slide.com,Picasso albums, Shabby blogs,Audience: The parent body and the world
  24. 24. http://graderfishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  25. 25. http://grade1fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  26. 26. http://grade2fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  27. 27. http://grade3fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  28. 28. http://grade4fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  29. 29. http://grade5fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  30. 30. http://grade6fishhoekprimary.blogspot.com
  31. 31. http://fionabeal.edublogs.org
  32. 32. Newsletter swap 2010Which class: Grade 1 - 6How did I hear about it: We are twinned with aschool in England and decided to do a newsletterswap in order to get to know each other.Description: Every six months each grade-teamcreates a newsletter and exchanges it withEnglandWeb 2 and other applications: online newslettersAudience: 2 schools
  33. 33. Adobe Youth Voices 2010Which class: Grade 7How did I hear about it: SchoolNet administers thisproject in South AfricaDescription: An eight week online course forteachers and then a thought-provoking photo/videoprojectApplications: Adobe Photoshop Elements; AdobePremier; online courseAudience: 44 schools around the world
  34. 34. Monster Project 2010Which class: Grade 5How did I hear about it: One of my blogging virtualfriends told me about it.Description: A monsters body broken into piecesand each participant takes a part to describe in 12adjectives and part to make.Applications: varied – website, blog, photoapplications, moviesAudience: 44 schools around the world
  35. 35. Monster projecthttp://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters
  36. 36. A picture of the monster
  37. 37. Global newspapersWhich class: none in particularHow did I hear about it: One of my blogging virtualfriends told me about it.Description Ten schools sharing news via a globalonline newspaperApplications: Publisher,Youblisher.comAudience: 10 schools from around thw world
  38. 38. Global newspapershttp://globalnewspaper.wikispaces.com/
  39. 39. Thinkquest digital mediaWhich class: Grade 6How did I hear about it: Thinkquest competitionDescription One team in a school collaborating andcoming up with a great Wikispaces and MovieprojectApplications: Wikispaces, Windows Moviemaker,Adobe Premier,
  40. 40. A Wikispaces projecthttp://futuresavers.wikispaces.com/
  41. 41. Question 4 Can you tell us about any interesting projects that other people have done
  42. 42. Sharing similarities and differences with America http://kstadler.posterous.com/
  43. 43. Using a wiki to write a class novel http://yrps5m.wikispaces.com/Welcome
  44. 44. A glogster projecthttp://globalclassroom2011.wikispaces.com/Glogs+about+Romania
  45. 45. Question 5 Why do you become involved in these projects? Are there benefits to your students?
  46. 46. Benefits to learnersThere are countless benefits The students work beyond their classroom walls. They have an authentic audience which encourages best practice as students want their work to look good, be spelt correctly etc. They learn digital citizenship, cyber safety and many important 21st century skills as they use the internet. A collaborative project leads to many valuable teachable moments and allows student directed learning. Tolerance, respect for and information about different cultures
  47. 47. Question 6 Where do you find projects to get involved in?
  48. 48. Ways of finding projects Blogging Finding virtual friends and setting up projects with them. Looking at project sites that connect classes Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and setting up projects with some of them.
  49. 49. http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/Global_Collaborative_Projects.htm#Start Your Own Collaborative Project
  50. 50. http://www.kidlink.org/kidspace/start.php
  51. 51. http://iearn.org/projects/2009-2010iEARNProjectBook.pdf (inthe Shared folder)http://media.iearn.org/projects
  52. 52. http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/pr/search.cfm
  53. 53. http://www.projectsbyjen.com/
  54. 54. http://www.globalschoolnet.org/
  55. 55. http://www.virtualclassroom.org/clubhouse.html
  56. 56. http://onedayoneworld.pbworks.com/(an example of a wikispaces project)
  57. 57. http://globaleducation.ning.com/notes/Global_Project_Database
  58. 58. http://www.scribd.com/doc/13429981/WEMTA-Going-Global-Lucy-Graypage 1
  59. 59. http://www.scribd.com/doc/13429981/WEMTA-Going-Global-Lucy-Graypage 2
  60. 60. Taking it globalhttp://www.tigweb.org/about/
  61. 61. http://edupln.ning.com/
  62. 62. A wiki of networking sites http://www.educationalnetworking.com/List+of+Networks
  63. 63. Question 7 Also can you describe any projects that you haven’t been involved with but are good examples of collaboration done well? Maybe they have used applications that you haven’t yet tried?
  64. 64. Applications I still want to try Google sites Google docs Windows moviemaker and School Tube Glogsters
  65. 65. Projects to look at A collaborative writing project with Tracy Muller’s class in Ontario, Canada, http://writingpals.wikispaces.com/ They used Google Docs for the writing and the partners compared notes via Skype. Global Newspaper Written by Kids http://globalnewspaper.wikispaces.com/ Starting this year, school children across the globe are creating a global newspaper. Currently there are six countries participating: USA, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Lebanon, and England. If you would like to see you classroom contributing to this paper, email Garret Ferguson at lafayette4@gmail.com Recording projects on a SchoolTube channel http://tinyurl.com/y8hqodn Bob Greenwood from the USA keeps a record of all their videos of all their projects on a School Tube channel
  66. 66.  O.R.E.O. Project http://www.jenuinetech.com/ Jen Wagner’s JenuineTech.com presents the tenth year of using the Oreo® cookie to teach Math, History, Language Arts, Science, Technology, and more in your classroom! 
This project is open to classrooms of any grade in any location! This year students will stack the original Oreo® cookie and counted how many Oreos® they can stack before the Oreos® tumble! Holiday Card Exchange http://www.jenuinetech.com/Projects/hce09/hce09information.htm Jen Wagner organizes the Holiday Card Exchange project. It had 787 classrooms from 46 US States,
7 Canadian Provinces, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Russia, & the United Kingdom. Classrooms are teamed with 24 other classrooms to exchange holiday cards. Myst III Exile http://www.timrylands.com/ Tim Rylands strategically uses Myst games to support literacy and communication skills and to facilitate whole-class discussion. He regularly focuses his lessons around Myst Exile, due to the compounding realism of the game as well as the fantastical elements that help to inspire his pupils and improve their metaphorical skills.”
  67. 67.  The Monster Project http://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters/index.htm Each class chooses a Monster part. Then, each class writes a description of that part and sends it to this project web. When all of the descriptions are in, each class builds a single MONSTER using everyones descriptions from the table below. Elissa Gerzog began this as an e-mail project in the 1990s called Monsters Monsters Monsters©. Terry Smith of Hannibal, MO began running it as web-based in 2000. The Landmark Games http://kidspace.kidlink.org/start.php?HoldNode=25955 Classes choose a Landmark any where in the world. Students research facts concerning the landmark and compose nine interesting clues. Three clues per week are posted by the landmark moderator to the Kidproj listserv over a three-week period. All registered teams can ask one yes or no question per week of each team in the game. At the end of the three weeks the team that guessed the most landmarks is declared the winner! Past Participants are from: Russia, Sweden, USA, Germany, Taiwan, China, Pakistan, South Africa, France, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and the Czech Republic.
  68. 68.  A Room with A View http://aroomwithaview.pbwiki.com/INTRODUCTION Each class captures a monthly picture of the view from a classroom window throughout the year and watch how the scenery changes. They write descriptions of what they see change and to also share with other classrooms about what they have observed. The description includes the date, time of day, weather, and temperature. Voices of the World http://votw.wikispaces.com/ Voices Of The World was created in June 2007 by Mrs. Tonner a former ICT Specialist at The High School Of Dundee in Scotland, United Kingdom and now a Lecturer in Primary Education at The University Of Dundee. The project started as an eTwinning project to connect children in Europe using their voice and their own language. Since the project started in 2007, children from around the world have Let Their Voice Be Heard.
  69. 69. Google sites https://sites.google.com/a/sanandres.esc.edu.ar/global-projects/This teacher from Argentina keeps all her projects togetherusing Google sites
  70. 70. Question 8 How do you learn how to use the Web 2.0 tools?
  71. 71. Useful tutorial video sitesWatch a video on any topic you’re interested in. Try You Tube for a start.(There’s also School Tube and Teacher Tube). Many teachers have channels with all their videos on them such as http://www.youtube.com/user/LearnitN5 . Anotherinteresting group is the Common Craft videos.
  72. 72. Useful instructional blog sitesThere are a number of blogs that supplyteachers with excellent Web2 resources. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ http://langwitches.org/blog/ http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ http://ilearntechnology.com/ http://cffmv.blogspot.com http://theedublogger.com/
  73. 73. Question 9 Is there anything you would still like to do in the way of projects?
  74. 74. Projects based in AfricaI’d like to get more into projects based inAfrica as well as my other global projects.
  75. 75. Question 9 What tips oradvice would yougive others toensure thatprojects runsmoothly?
  76. 76. Suggestions Start with small, short projects. Join a project first before creating your own. Commitment and dedication are essential Get to know the other educators prior to and throughout the project, to gain confidence in each other Do not be frightened to ask for help or ask questions of any nature. Be prepared to work hard (as hard as you may have ever worked in your life) and take risks Work your blogs/wikis to the fullest giving step by step instructions to classes where possible for each lesson to clarify the tasks that need to be done in your own mind and also for student reference. Give out check list sheets to ensure that students remain on track
  77. 77. Supporting documentsThis presentation and the supportingdocuments are available.Supporting documents for this session are: Project-based learning The NETS standards 21st century skillsHere are a number of other documents in theShared Folder.
  78. 78. That’s it for now!Remember:A journey of 1000 miles begins with thefirst step!
  79. 79. HandoutsPrintouts:The 21st century teacherAre you a 21st century teacher?NETS standardsProject-based learningShared folder:Signs of being a wqst century teacher1010-1011 iearn project bookAmazing web2 projectsCore Curriculum projectsHow to create a voice thread
  80. 80. Any qestions or comments?http://todaysmeet.com/Fiona-CollaborationThanks folks!