The second session of my Lunch & Learn series took place today. It was the session I was most looking forward to in the whole series- Collaboration in the Classroom: Tools for Student Collaboration! This session focused on Google Docs, Linoit, Skype and Wikispaces.
As always, I began with a pre-survey of teachers’ current use. I asked for three pieces of information to plan the 50 minute sessions.
- Describe what collaboration looks like in your classroom.
- What tools do you currently use for student collaboration?
- What do you hope to get out of this session?
Based on feedback from the first session, I wanted this session to allow more time for teachers to get their hands dirty and use the tools. So I started out with a brief introduction, and then had them dive right in! I had Tablet PCs set up all around tables, each labeled with the tool set up and signed in on that machine. Beforehand, I had created multiple accounts to be used during this session (three accounts for Google Docs to simulate three students, etc.), so we didn’t have to waste time creating accounts, logging in, and getting set up.
Teachers had about 20-25 minutes to explore the tool in front of them with a few other people in their group (“tasks” for each tool are listed at the bottom of this post under each tool). I walked around to help groups when needed, but for the most part teachers were really able to just dive right in and start exploring. There was even a person across the library, so the Skype group could actually practice Skyping.
We came together for the last 15 minutes of the session, and I asked each group to share what they had found out about their tool. I filled in the blanks to make sure the big points were touched on. If I had more time I definitely would have rotated each group, so they could have all tested each tool before coming back together to share. So far, the post-survey responses seem to be in agreement that teachers would have liked more time on this topic and they all learned something they will apply to their classes- YAY! I heard a lot of “let’s meet to set this up for my class…,” which is music to my ears!
I provided resources for each tool in our PD Course in Schoology for reference at a later time. I’ve included some of that info below (with the exception of links to our practice examples). I also gave teachers all the test account log in information, so they could play around with it on their own if they wanted to do so before diving in and setting up their own accounts.
What to do:
- Edit the email document
- Use the chat feature
- Add info to spreadsheet
- Find sum and average years of teaching experience
- Add a slide to a presentation
- Make a comment on a slide
- Create new Google Doc
- Share it
What to do:
- Post idea for using Linoit with students or coworkers
- Send post by email
- Post a picture or video
What to do:
- Video call other Skype Team
- Do a Mystery Skype
- Use the location in the Mystery Skype folder to answer questions
- Find a lesson or guest speaker from the Skype in Edu website you could use/bring to your class
What to do:
- Participate in the discussion on the home page
- Access team page and add to the table
- Make a new team page
- Add “Widget” to new page
- Edit About McN page
- Add a fact
- Make a comment
To check out the Prezi that describes and highlights each tool, click here.
What do you think of this format? How have you used these tools in your class?
Tech To You Later!