Communication and Collaboration Wrap Up

September 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Let’s review the NETS for Communication and Collaboration:

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.

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

 

Part One: Tool Infomercial and Jing Demo

FOR YOUR COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION Commercial PROJECT:

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?

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 Screencast.com for uploading your video and getting a link to it for your webpage.

 

Since you’ll want to record while you demonstrate on your computer, 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!

 

You asked for a little demo on how to use Jing and Screencast.com. Let’s look at the tool.

PART Two: 20% Project

You will be meeting with me for the next two days. Check when you signed up and show up at the beginning of the day.  You will spend the class time working on your 20% project and spend 5 minutes to talk to me about your project.

For the day that you are not coming, the expectation is that you will spend at least 2 hours working on your 20% project.  Here are some suggestions for what to work on:

  • Who might benefit from what you will learn during your 20% project? How might you write your blog so that it will be of maximum benefit for that audience?
  • How are you using social media to find resources to think about/write about? Do you need to create complementary tools in Pinterest, Twitter, etc? to support your 20% work? Are you interacting with others via social media on topics related to your project? Are you commenting on related blogs and asking for comments/feedback on yours?
  • Have you talked with any experts? or anyone from your potential audience? What do they have to say about your project? What direction do they suggest you go in?
  • Is your topic limited or too broad? How can you modify it so that you have a project that is sustainable until the end of November? Can you divide your topic into smaller questions and address one each week?
  • How does your project relate with what we are talking about in class?

 

TASK:

1. Add a link to your blog to your About.me profile.

 

2. Create a 3rd blog post for your 20% project.

 

2. In addition to adding a 3rd post to your 20% project blog, you’ll need to spend time reviewing at least 2 classmates’ blogs. You can access everyone’s 20% blog from their about.me pages.

9:05 About.me

10:10 About.me
Oops! You do not see your About.me profile on the list ?  Submit here.

9:05 submission

10:10 submission

 

3. Choose TWO 20% blogs to read (there are only 2 posts for each – so, not much of a time drain) and then comment on their blog – what intrigues you about their project? What advice do you have to help them find more resources? what questions do you have about what they have researched so far?

 

4. When you have finished your latest blog post and commented on 2 classmates’ posts, please complete this form. It must be completed by the beginning of class on Monday, September 30.

 

 

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