I’m really pleased with the work you did on Module 1; nice job! Hopefully, you were able to explore at least two tools and think a bit about how blogging might (or might not) work for your class.
Module 2 is all about Collaboration and Sharing. We’re going to look at tools that help you work collaboratively with fellow faculty or with students, as well as tools that help you share resources with groups. The four specific tools are:
- Google docs
To complete your work for this week, please choose TWO out of the four to explore. Follow the steps and then comment on this post with your thoughts. As always, please email me or comment on this post for help!
Watch this 2.5 minute video on Google Docs in Plain English
Visit a few of these resources about using Google docs in the classroom:
- 3 quick and easy Google Docs ideas for your classroom
- Fostering Student Collaboration (video)
- Growth of a Google Doc through the eyes of a student (video)
- The simple guide to starting your elementary class with google docs (in less than 10 minutes)
- Simple Student Collaboration on Google Docs
Browse through Google’s lesson plans. See the screenshots below for tips on limiting your results (click image to enlarge).
Watch Introduction to Wikispaces (there are MANY other great video tutorials on this page, too)
Watch Wikis in Plain English
Check out a few of these classroom wikis:
- 1,000 Names (grades 1 and 2)
- 2nd Grade Class Wiki
- Wiki Wonderful (2nd grade)
- Go West (3rd grade)
- Hobbit Talk (5th grade)
- Gary Paulson Page (6th grade)
- The Discovery Utopia Project (middle school)
Visit Wikispaces and register for a free account. Once you do, you will have to create a new wiki. Call it anything you like. Then do the following (screencast follows, with help):
- Click on “settings” (top right)
- Click on “general” on the left
- Select “Wiki” under Application Type, then scroll down and save
- Click on “Wiki Home” (top right)
- Click “edit” to edit your new wiki!
Read about Collaborative Website Editing and watch the video on the page
Visit some of the following classroom Weebly sites.
- Mrs. Shank’s Preschool
- Meet the “K” Kids
- Second Grade Bobcats
- Mrs. Buck’s Math Class (4th grade)
- Condit Lab 2013-14 (grades PreK-5)
- Ms. Shield’s Class (5th grade)
- Perennial Pines Political Convention (middle school–created by students; includes blog)
Visit Weebly for Education and create a free account. Once you finish registering, you can watch a demo or create a website (I do not recommend setting up a class just yet). If you choose to create a website, Weebly will walk you through the steps. Try creating your site by dragging and dropping different elements onto the page!
Explore some of these classroom LiveBinders.
- PRESCHOOL + KINDERGARTEN eGAMES, eSONGS & eMUSIC
- Poetry Pathfinders (K-5)
- 1st Grade Reading
- Math Word Problems for 3rd Graders
- 5th Grade American Revolution Unit
- 7th Grade Science- KMMS Wave Rider Team
Register on the LiveBinders website and click the “create binder” tab. Create a LiveBinder with at least one web page. When you set up your binder, use the following settings: Type in a title and description. Don’t worry about adding tabs. Select the “Education” category and make your binder public.