Collaboration

Please use the links below for collaboration activities...we'll consolidate the pages when we're done.


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Grade Level Groupings

Group 1

Grades K to 4

Group 2

Grades 5 to 8

Group 3

Grades 9 to 12

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Group 5



Group 6






Classroom Collaboration Notes from ELA Forum, 9/22/2009===
Grades K-4 Notes
Grades 5-8 Notes
Grades 9-12 Notes

Grades K to 4 Group Notes

How do we collaborate?
What are ways we can collaborate within our classroom?
  • -Pre-and post-assessments for knowledge at the beginning of a concept/unit and at the end
  • -Integration
  • -Wordles for writing: off a particular prompt
  • -comparing texts
  • -Googledocs-combination of etherpad/wiki
  • -Sharing lit circle/reader's responses
  • -Sharing calendars
  • -Teacher book study groups
Fears
  • -Time
  • -Keyboarding/spelling
  • -As a way to share from home
  • -Wiki as information clearinghouse for teams/grade levels communicating with eachother
  • -A place for saving links
  • -As a way to learn how to use wikis
  • -Across district communication

What do we need from this forum?
  • -Specific user groups

Topics for discussion
  • -Dialogue for how strategies are used across grade levels
  • -Literacy in content areas across grade levels
  • -Increased Oral language in the classroom

For next time
  • -We will bring writing ideas to share - how are we teaching writing?

Grades 5 to 8 Group Notes

Use of a blog vs. a wiki?
  • Wikis could work well in order to post up articles or web sites that are relevant to a subject - for example - Greek Mythology
  • Anamoto.com - you can upload pictures and create free 30 second videos - music choices as well - it is sent back as a 30 second music video
    • Could Use it for commercials
    • Announcements
    • Period Pieces
  • Schools that use Macs have use of Itunes, Iphoto, etc.
  • One concern is that blogging takes so much time. Teacher Web.com was brought up as an option to use.
  • Use of iTouch - Some apps work well for all grade levels and subjects
  • Letter Boxes - atlasquest.com - it is reading, as students have to read in order to get there and follow directions
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If computers are where the jobs are, why are we not giving students access to them all the time?
Why do we not teach students at a younger age what all the technical skills are? Font, Format, etc

Grades 9 to 12 Group Notes

What types of technology are being used to initiate conversation in classroom - about lit/other topics?
1. edublogs.org
  • - allows you to set up and manage pages
  • - laptop carts or labs are helpful
  • - homework assignments for blogs - access in schools and at home (in case kids don't have access at home)
  • - rubric for postings is helpful - example is jarz.edublogs.org (Honors 10 class)
  • - allows kids to incorporate voice/humor in writing since most assignments are more formal
  • - way to communicate/interact with students
  • - sometimes parents get on
  • - must post with complete sentences, etc.. for credit
  • - go to management page to change backgrounds
  • - own homepage- create links for classes
  • - biggest issue is getting on
  • - good "sponge" activity for when kids finish early - can hop on a computer and blog
  • - put name and something recognizable so you know who it is but others might not

TeacherWeb.com has blog option similar to this so if your school has a subscription you can add it to your page
  • - not sure if privatized

2. www.shelfari.com - social network - could be used for feedback on lit/themes
  • public site
  • anyone can comment
  • still accept friend

3. ning page

4. Facebook - do you add students?
  • BE CAREFUL
  • Will schools have a policy on it?
  • Use an alias???

5. Thoughtful education - program incorporates teaching strategies for four different learning types - for example - groups vs. individual assignments
  • Learning Style Inventory - kids take it and go from there
  • In one school kids take a test (based on colors - Briggs - Meyers)

6. Freerice.com - vocabulary grammar - they donate a certain amount of rice to UN World Hunger Organization for every correct answer

7. docs.google.com - can create word processing, spreadsheet, powerpoint presentations, drawings (not as good but does the job)
  • is also known as computing in the clouds - saved on google servers - off in space is where your stuff is
  • like having own hard drive but somewhere else
  • great if in a lot of different places - can access easily - no worry about where files are
  • only you can only get your docs - your own login and password, but can share it if you want to
  • need an e-mail account for this
  • storage limit?? Not sure - but pretty darn big
  • googleapps - some districts are using this

8. www.donorschoose.org - check this out to see if you can get donations - books, etc... get points to order - sponsored by Bill Gates and his wife

9. www.picnicbasket.com - review books and get it for free???