Communication and Collaboration Day 5

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

9:05 Today you will take the communication and collaboration quiz and work on your tool commercial.

PART ONE: Communication and collaboration quiz

We will take a quiz on your reading of Egbert Ch. 3.  You and your classmates collaboratively devised the questions for this quiz.

There are 20 questions total. Each question is multiple choice question. You will have 15 minutes to take the quiz.  Your score will go 10% of your “Reading reflections” grade.

STep 1: Go to

STep 2: Enter the Room number:  602551

STep 3: Wait for the teacher to start the activity.

STEP 4: Enter your name.

STEP 5: Take the quiz at your own pace. You will have total of 15 minutes to take the quiz.

STEP 6: Submit the quiz.

PART TWO: Creating a Commercial

There are many other communication and collaboration tools. One of my favorite places to search for new tools (that are free) is on the Go Web 2.0 site. You might try exploring under the “kids”, “collaboration”, and/or “communication” tabs on this site. It will show you some additional tools you might want to learn more about. Another great place to look is Edutecher. And the Matrix lists some tools as well.

Here’s a table of even more tools that you might find interesting:




You’ve been hired by a tech company to develop an informercial for one of their products. The company thinks that their tool will really benefit communication and collaboration in classrooms – but teachers aren’t really aware of their product. The company needs you to develop a 1-minute infomercial about their product to convince teachers that the tool will benefit students. The purpose of your infomercial is AWARENESS – it is not a training video.

Step One:  Now you should have the tool selected for your own commercial. Here are the selection of tools by your classmates.

9:05 Informercial Tool Choice

10:10 Informercial Tool Choice

Step Two:  Start thinking about how you will create an informercial about your tool. What are its features? Why would a teacher, parent, administrator, resource teacher, and/or student use it?

Let’s look at some irresistible informercials. You might be able to learn a few tricks to captivate your audience and make them call.

It is helpful to see what criteria that your work will be graded upon.

The following elements are what I am looking for in your commercial:

  • Appealing to the audience (teachers) in a specific domain
  • Addressing how the tool supports communication and collaboration in a classroom
  • Understanding the media chosen
  • Look & Feel (including humor; a eye-catching title; interaction with the audience, etc.)
  • Submitted on time in the portfolio with the brief description about the tool

Step Three:  You’ll be using Jing to share what you know about your tool so you’ll need to download Jing and watch the tutorial on capturing video. Then watch the tutorial on for uploading your video and getting a link to it for your webpage. (Should you need more help, please feel free to ask me.)

Since you’ll want to record, you’ll need a microphone. If your computer has a webcam, then you have an internal mic to use. If you don’t know if you have a mic – start working on your commercial – Jing should be able to locate your mic – if it doesn’t, then you likely don’t have one. You can check out a microphone for 7 days from OIT in Aderhold.  It’s in rm 232 and you just need your student id.

Step Four: Create your commercial. Using Jing, take us on a visual tour of your tool and tell us some of the things you thought about in Step Two of this task. Some students create powerpoint slides to share, others just navigate through the tool as they talk about it. Please don’t conduct a “training session” – we don’t have to know all the ins and out of the tool. We just need to want to use it.  It’s an informercial – sell the product!! With Jing you’re limited to 5 minutes – but if you can say it best in 1-2 minutes, it’s completely okay. Remember, the funnier the better!

Here are some student examples from the last semester.




Step Five:  Create a new page on your portfolio called, “Communication and Collaboration.”

Add a brief description and a link to your infomercial.

Here is an example of Communication and Collaboration page.

Step Six: Post your infomercial to our class Facebook group: EDIT2000 Exhibition.


1. Your tool commercial is due Wednesday, September 25th. 2% of your grade is based upon whether you can post it on time.

2. Review of what we have done so far.
We are concluding the communication of Collaboration month next week. We’ve read several plans, articles, and chapters.  It’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned so far. After the reflection, you should have a good understanding of the role of technology in teaching and learning. We will have a quiz game show on Monday to test your understanding in the following topics.  It is a quiz show so I can’t tell you what questions will come up but you can prepare in the following areas.

  • Meaningful Learning with Technology
  • NETS
  • 21st Century Learners
  • Digital Natives
  • Web 2.0
  • Communication and Collaboration

2. 20% Project

For Wednesday and Friday, you will work on your 20% project.

3. Individual conferences

I would like to meet with each one of you individually and see what you are doing for your 20% project and how you are doing overall in the class.  You can choose to come either Wednesday or Friday and meet with me. For the day you are not coming, you can work on 20% project on your own outside the class but make sure to put at least 2 hours into it. Sign up for the day you want to meet with me:

9:05 Sign Up

10:10 Sign Up

I am going to ask you two things:

1. What are you doing for your 20% project and what are your concerns?

2. What can I do to help you learn better in this class?


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