Communication and Collaboration Day 1

February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Before the class starts:
If you have a smart phone, Download SCVNGR app on your smart phone.
Today we begin our 4 day exploration of tools that support communication and collaboration.

PART ONE: Aderhold Scavenger Hunt

As we work on tools, we will need to know our surroundings and where we can get help. To get you familiar with the resources provided in Aderhold, we will play Aderhold Scavenger Hunt.  It is a collaborative game. Your table is your team. Your team shares a common goal of winning this game. Everyone should participate and I need to see evidence.
First, download SCVNGR app on your smart phone. If you don’t have smart phone, don’t worry. You need one phone for your team.
I will use the images to explain how this goes.
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OK. Are you ready?  The first team that completed all the 4 challenges and come back to the classroom will earn a late pass.

PART TWO: NETS on Communication and Collaboration

From the  reading Egbert’s Chapter 3 – Supporting Student Communication – what questions did you have about communication and collaboration? How would you describe communication using your own words?  What about collaboration? What are the key benefits of having a collaborative approach in the classroom?

We’ll need to review the National Educational Technology Standard (NETS) on Communication and Collaboration:

NETS Standard 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. Students:

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.

This is what is expected of 21st century learners. How can a teacher do this and still make sure students understand shapes, the causes of the Civil War, parts of speech, and the phases of the moon? And don’t forget – they are supposed to differentiate, be culturally responsive, make sure materials are accessible to all students and a host of other expectations. Oh – and the learning should be engaging to students!  Can technology help or hinder the process of communication and collaboration in K12 learning environments?

Let’s watch  a video about 21st century communication and collaboration. What elements of the NETS communication and collaboration do you see in the video?

As you are watching, which words stands out and stick to you? Let’s visualize your thoughts in word cloud.

1. Go to Wordle.

2. Enter those words in the blank space.

3. Once you are done entering, click “Go”. You will see a word cloud.

4. Click on randomize to find a word cloud image you like.

5. Publish your wordle in the public library.

6. Copy the HTML code and paste in your Portfolio page named: “Communication and Collaboration.”

PART THREE: Communication and Collaboration Toolkit

There are many tools that support communication and collaboration – so many that it can be difficult to keep them organized. For this project, you’ll collect 10 tools that support communication and collaboration.

On your own:

  1. Go to Pinterest and login using your account information. Create a board name called Communication and Collaboration Toolkit.

    • View an example of a  from Maymester.
  2. Begin exploring the web for websites and apps that support communication and collaboration in K12 classrooms or in your work settings. Here are a few starting points:
  3. As you find your 10 tools, add them to  your Pinterest Communication and Collaboration Toolkit board.
  4. Write a detailed description of how each tool could be used to support communication and collaboration. Talk about how the tool supports the NETS for Communication and Collaboration and/or one or more of the characteristics of Meaningful Learning with Technology.
  5. Remember, you are selecting high quality tools, not just the first 10 you find, and what you say about the tool is just as important as the tool itself.
  6. When you have completed pinning and describing your tools, add a link to your portfolio named “Communication and Collaboration page.”  Link to the specific board, not your entire account.
  7. Communication and collaboration page should have your Wordle image and the link to your Pinterest board.
  8. This assignment is due by next Monday, February 24, 11:59 pm.


1. We will not meet in class. You will be working from home asynchronously. Now you know what that means.  Be sure to check the class website at 11 am and follow the directions on what to do.
2. One thing I can tell you what you will do is you will be making a video response to a PBS documentary,  “Is School Enough?” Feel free to watch ahead of time.
3. If you have not thoroughly read Egbert Ch 3, you should do so. You can find this chapter in our class dropbox folder.
For Next Tuesday:
1. Bring an iPad per group for your movie trailer collaboration. You may check out an iPad from the Office of Information Technology (OIT) in Aderhold. You should know where OIT is by now. We will work on a movie trailer about a communication and collaboration tool as a group.

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