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The Center for the Collaborative Classroom. Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration. Welcome to the second in a series of PBL Mania Posts. For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning by hosting a webinar at Edtech Leaders Online and giving a PBL session at the NICE Conference in Chicago. In this post I will introduce you to some outstanding collaboration tools found on the web that can be used in the PBL classroom.

Before reading please take a moment to subscribe to this 21centuryedtech Blog by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. You will not want to miss this series or future posts involving STEM, Flipping the Classroom, Technology Integration, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills, So Sign Up Now! As always… thanks and have a great week. - Mike Gorman (21centuryedtech) First Some Notes For PD This Week 1. 2. 10 Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration in PBL This PBL Mania post will explore some of those collaborative Web 2.0 tools that can enhance the PBL experience. Google Docs – Not much needs to be said. Collaboration Tools & services. Collaborative learning is essentially people working together to solve a problem, create a product, or derive meaning from a body of material.

A central question or problem serves to organize and drive activities, and encourage application, analysis, and synthesis of course material. While the landscape of technology that can be used to support central activities of collaborative learning is vast and varied, it is often lumped together under a single label: "collaboration tools.

" Given this vast and distributed landscape of tools, the difficulty of finding one or a set of tools to meet your goals can be time intensive. We are here to help. For faculty who are interested in learning more, want to explore, or try out a tool, contact us to talk with an Eberly colleague in person. Tools that exist to support collaboration can: Communication Many features of collaboration tools are geared toward the facilitation and management of effective communication among team members. Project Management. 20 Options for Real-Time Collaboration Tools. About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century.

EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation. Free Web Tools for Engaging Students in Classrooms. Teacher Tech Tools | For a Global Early Childhood Education. 44 Classroom Tools & Services That a Teacher Can Use Now. Top Cloud Collaboration Services for Education. Written by Leana Thorne Digital revolution has significantly transformed traditional teaching and learning practices, allowing educators to introduce latest technologies into their classrooms and enable students to learn more efficiently. One of the most important tech trends of the decade is definitely cloud computing that created a vast space for innovation in different industries.

Cloud computing is a complex concept but it may generally be defined as a type of technology that delivers software tools and applications via the web. Cloud-based services store users’ data on remote server farms and enable constant access to important files from multiple devices simultaneously. Such an infrastructure improves collaboration and largely contributes to improved learning or teaching experience. The following cloud-based services are increasingly being implemented in educational institutions worldwide and they drive modernization of traditional learning and teaching methods. Google Drive Box. Assessing 21st Century Skills at school. Recently, one of the teachers who is participating in our district’s 21st Century Learning grant project came to talk with me about assessing 21 century skills – one of the expectations for teachers in this project.

Her observation was that students frequently practice the skills when engaged in research or project based learning. The thing she was struggling, with, though, was how to “grade it.” Assessing skills like collaboration, information literacy, creativity, self-direction, and critical thinking seems like a difficult task–when you think of assessment as “grading.” To understand what is meant by assessment of 21st century skills we need to examine the term “assessment.”

At its core, assessment should be thought of as an opportunity to give feedback. So to effectively assess skills and habits of mind –we must design a performance task for the students. These items become the criteria upon which a rubric or checklist can be built. Pearltrees Social Library – Collate and Collaborate. Posted on September 2, 2013 by R Chambers So this holiday I have developed a new addiction! Pearltrees! Pearltrees is a fantastic visual and collaborative social library tool with great potential in education! The unique visual interface is part of this appeal as it allows you to create ‘pearls’ (‘favourited’ URL’ links) which can be organised within ‘pearltrees’, providing a logical and hierarchical structure for organising links. You can collaborate with others on pearltrees, pick ‘pearls’ from others to add to your trees or indeed link other ‘pearltrees’ of interest to your own. You can synchronise your account with other social networking tools, namely Twitter and Facebook – broadcasting new pearls added (you have to enable this feature so you don’t have to do this) or collecting new pearls when a link is added.

Here are links to 3 of my Pearltrees which may be of use: 1. iPads in Education 2. I will developing these further during the academic year. Like this: Like Loading... Related. Differentiate content in the classroom. Essential Question: How can I use Pearltrees to differentiate content in the classroom? Using Pearltrees reminded me of making an interactive poster using Glogster. I could click anywhere in the poster and it would take me to a new video, picture, or note. Pearltrees does the same thing, but adds the extra element (I think, since I only made one interactive poster) of opening another webpage. Pearltree would give students a central spot to keep all of their resources in one place and therefore more organized.

I believe that if I took classes in high school, like history or writing, that utilized an interactive online tool like Pearltrees, that I could have wanted to put more effort in, therefore remembering more. I would want to put more effort in so that I could present a great piece of work that others would be wowed by and inspired by. This would also appeal to the way I learn, by seeing and doing. Twitter for teachers. Classroom Manager. Classroom control, management, and collaboration at the click of a mouse Now available for: Evaluate student comprehension Administer surveys, quizzes and tests Use keyword tracking to ensure comprehension Distribute and collect assignments digitally Listen and record language lessons Encourage collaboration Record results and progress with Digital Journals Form chat groups to discuss topics Share student work across all systems Interact via virtual whiteboard Monitor student activities Restrict website and application access Single click launch of website and applications Screen and device locking Block or limit printing to reduce ink usage Easily support teachers Message teachers 1:1 or en masse in a matter of seconds Provide teacher support through direct chats with IT Monitor and access devices Communicate & Collaborate Save Time.

NetSupport School- Classroom Management & Collaboration. EduClipper Launches Its “Pinterest For Education” Back in 2007, Adam Bellow launched a site called eduTecher to aggregate and surface the best educational resources and content on the web. A high school teacher, Bellow set out to highlight new technologies and educational tools that could be used in the classroom to improve the learning experience. When a new generation of community curation tools began to take hold on the web, like Pinterest, Bellow decided to leverage the increasing popularity of crowdsourced curation to take eduTecher to the next level. This week the teacher-turned-entrepreneur officially launched eduClipper, a platform that allows teachers and students to explore, share and contribute to a library of educational content. In both function and design, it’s essentially a Pinterest for education, with one notable difference: Because eduClipper is built exclusively for teachers and students, unlike Pinterest, you probably won’t find it blocked by your local school.

For more, find eduClipper at home here. Introduction to Google Classroom. TedEd - Lessons Worth Sharing.