EtherPad: Energizing and Engaging Classrooms Everywhere


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Educators everywhere will see a web-based, collaborative, real-time editor, that allows students to simultaneously edit a text document, and see all of the participants' edits in real-time This presentation will further demonstrate and give examples of EtherPad’s ability to create enthusiasm throughout the curriculum in elementary through high school applications.

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  • Dean Intro 2 minutes Never has the demand for Collaborative Technology been greater. How do we answer this demand?  How do we as teachers incorporate it into our everyday routine? Let us ask ourselves.....   What is good learning?    Many educators would give answers that fall in the same ballpark… … students collaborating and discussing ideas, possible solutions… … project-based learning, designed around real world contexts… … connecting with other students around the world, on topics of study… … immersing students in a learning experience that allows them to grapple with a problem, gaining higher-order thinking skills from pursuing the solution… One common theme is interwoven within all these answers
  • Collaboration Collaboration can be defined as " coming together to work toward a common vision ." Collaboration is a natural part of life and should be included in the curriculum. Collaborative learning is designed to help students "play well with others," as many of us learned in kindergarten. While this is highly valued by our school system, now, with collaborative learning, it can be a part of any curriculum
  • Collaboration is not enough however. Our newest generation – currently in K-12 – is demonstrating for us the impact of having developed under the digital wave. No generation is more at ease with online, collaborative technologies than today’s young people—known as “digital natives”, who have grown up in an immersive computing environment.
  • These students have been completely normalized by digital technologies—it is a fully integrated aspect of their lives. They enjoy and expect to see and use collaborative technology.   Where a notebook and pen may have formed the tool kit of our generation,   just how "hardwired" are today's students for digital connections?   today’s students come to class armed with smart phones, laptops and iPods.Their technology infused demand must be listened to.
  • How do we use their love for texting,    small group collaboration,     social networking, and their inate ability to use the internet in and out of the classrooms   to form and establish connections with our curriculum standards?
  • What can we as educators do in our classrooms to corral. harness, and redirect this love for social networking ?   How do we focus and direct these technology enamored students interest and enthusiasm in the classroom?     The First thing we do……. we answer their demands!
  • Final page to intro: One application that embodies all those requirements and answers those demands  is Etherpad. Amanda what can you tell us about Eterhpad? Begin Amadas section.
  • EtherPad is a web-based collaborative real-time editor, that allows students to simultaneously edit a text document, and see all of the participants' edits in real-time.  Although it looks and feels like any text editor, its power lies in its ability for real time collaboration. 
  • Simply put, Etherpad's purpose is to visually engage users in collaboration.
  • Etherpad was first created and launched by Appjet in November 2008. The software was acquired by Google in December 2009. Etherpad was then terminated by Google but was  released as open source in 2010. Several servers now use the EtherPad software. Since becoming open source, The Etherpad Foundation was created to delvelop Etherpad software and make it available for free public use. 
  • Some of the open source Etherpad clones include, Meetingwords. ietherpad, syncin, titanpad, primarypad, typewithme, open etherpad, and piratepad. All of which have very similar features. However, Primarypad does have a whiteboard feature that may be more suitable for the elementary classroom.
  • Narration: And now for a sneak peek of Etherpad courtesy of Youtube.
  • As you can see from the video, Etherpad has many great features such as: it's a web based online processor, it allows for collaboration in real time, no need for user names or passwords, all edits are color coded for each user, the playback timeline feature allows you to see changes that have occurred even after they have been deleted, and you can even import or export files in a variety of formats.
  • This is an example of a possible use of Etherpad in an elementary classroom. Students can work together in small groups to create masterpiece sentences. The teacher includes simple instructions for the students to follow to help them create their final product. This is a great way to involve lower primary in a collaborative learning process.
  • An upper primary teacher chose a different approach using Etherpad. She first asked her students to watch a video of Batman The Animated Series. Afterwards she assigned each group of students a segment of the video to narrate asking them to focus on pace and use of powerful words. The attempt was a success, and she was pleased with the results. The students collaboratively created their narration of "Batman: The Beginning".  And now Jamie will discuss the use of Etherpad in the middle and highschool classroom.
  • Conclusion  Deans slides 2 minutes   This was taken From a principal’s publication in 1815: “ Students today depend on paper too much.   They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves.   They can’t clean a slate properly.   What will they do when they run out of paper?”
  • and This From the publication  Rural American Teacher , 1928: “ Students today depend on store bought ink.    They don’t know how to make their own.    When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement.    This is a sad commentary on modern education.”
  • Finally From  Federal Teachers , 1950: “ Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country.    Students use these devices then throw them away.    The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded.   Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”
  • When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast.    The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information.   
  • Moreover, when technology is used as a tool to support students in performing authentic tasks, the students are in the position of defining their goals, making design decisions, and evaluating their progress.    Collaborative Technology use allows many more students to be actively thinking about information, making choices, and executing skills than is typical in teacher-led lessons.   
  •     Just as Etherpad is energizing and engaging the students in our classrooms    we as teachers need to answer this demand and embrace establish and include strong collaborative technolgies in our everyday use.
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  • EtherPad: Energizing and Engaging Classrooms Everywhere

    1. 1. Etherpad Energizing and Engaging Classrooms Everywhere by Dean Hook, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN Jamie Edwards, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN Amanda Ezell, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
    2. 2. Collaboration In Life In Curriculum
    3. 3. Collaborative Technology How Do we meet their demands?
    4. 4. When is the last time you looked out over your class and saw this?
    5. 5. Picture small groups of 3-4 students huddled around a learning station not only discussing and writing their ideas on a subject/topic but also seeing realtime responses from other groups.
    6. 6. How do we control this canvas?
    7. 7. Please shake hands and say hello to Etherpad Soaring above, and destroying written collaboration boundaries.
    8. 8. Etherpad: What is it?
    9. 9. Purpose A true real-time collaboration tool that can engage students visually.
    10. 10. Etherpad: A Brief History • Created by Appjet in November 2008 • Acquired by Google in December 2009 • Software released in 2010 • Clones developed with open source software
    11. 11. Etherpad's Clones • MeetingWords • iEtherpad • Sync In • TitanPad • PrimaryPad • Type With Me • Open Etherpad • Pirate Pad
    12. 12. Etherpad: A Sneak Peek QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    13. 13. • Web-based • Online Word Processor • Collaboration in real- time • No log in or passwords • Color-coded edits • Chatbox sidebar • Playback and timeline • Import HTML, Word, RTF • Export HTML, Word, PDF Features
    14. 14. Etherpad in Action: Elementary Classroom- Lower Primary • Etherpad can encourage creation of complex sentences among younger students
    15. 15. Etherpad in Action: Elementary Classroom- Upper Primary • With Etherpad, students can collaboratively create a written masterpiece.
    16. 16. EtherPad in Action: Middle and High School Tips for using EtherPad in the classroom 1. Put Students in small groups 2. Create links ahead of time 3. Teach students about uses for the document area and chat area 4. Show students how the timeline works
    17. 17. EtherPad in Action: Middle and High School
    18. 18. Future Uses • EtherPad technology is expanding to Apple’s iPad •
    19. 19. Its time to wipe the slate
    20. 20. Can we bring interest and enthusiasm back to our writing programs
    21. 21. Swimmers in a sea of technology
    22. 22. Little Kids - Big Technology
    23. 23. Collaborative Technology 24 / 7 360 Degrees
    24. 24. We've come a long way...... Etherpad The Missing Link
    25. 25. Credits Picture of pens clones picture Devoto, P. (2010) EtherPad in Education. Retrieved November 17, 2010 from real time image group collaboration picture etherpad logo youtube video old computer image
    26. 26. Credits antique clock image Etherpad Clones Article Etherpad dies this week: Here are six great clones by Josh Lowensohn May 11, 2010 12:26 PM PDT