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Over the past several years, I’ve been involved (off-and-on) with an International Sister Classes Project involving teenage Intermediate ESL/EFL classes around the world. We’ve had a blog where students have online presentations, like Voice Threads, and commented on them back-and-forth. I did a new version with my ELL Geography class. I thought it might be useful to other examples of joint “sister class” projects, and of places where teachers can connect with other classes. Here are my picks for The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects: Without a doubt, I’d start in two places: One is by reading Kim Cofino’s blog post A Step-by-Step Guide to Global Collaborations, viewing her slideshare presentation Connecting Across Continents, and reviewing the resources she has posted on her wiki. The other would be to read Sue Waters’ post Looking For Global Projects For Your Students? Here are some others worth checking-out, too: VoiceThread 4 Education Flat Classroom Project ePals The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
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Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration 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. 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. Titan Pad – Great way for quick collaboration and sharing a document. Wall Wisher – Like collaborating with virtual post-it notes on a virtual wall. Corkboardme – A program a lot like wall wisher that can be used to support a group’s collaborative activities. Like this: Like Loading...
Collaboration Tools & services 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. 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. Virtual MeetingsEmailInstant MessagingScreen SharingBlogsVoice, Video, Web ConferencingDiscussion Boards Team Definition & Participants Project Management Resource Management
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Resilience Café | Making Projects Click Many students who struggle the most in the classroom are often forced to be resilient in their lives outside of the classroom. In the past, the struggles that they faced and overcame outside the walls of the classroom often remained separate and unrecognized. The Resilience Café project brings those struggles from the outside into the classroom to be recognized and celebrated for the impact they have on students and the strength they build. The project seeks to connect stories of resilience from history with stories of resilience from our communities and our personal lives. During Resilience Café, students learn about resilient heroes from the past and present, focusing on African-American history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Resilience Café | Making Projects Click
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On Common Core | Cultivating Collaboration Cultivating Collaboration: The First “C” The Common Core (CCSS) has arrived. We’ve had time to study the standards, peruse the list of recommended materials, and explore the suggested curriculum maps and assessments. Now, how do we begin to put this nationwide initiative into operation? What meaningful steps forward can we take? In this column, we’ll focus on the ideas that shape our approach to the standards. Librarians, teachers, administrators, parents, and children must work in concert. The best place for the collaboration to begin is around the topic of quality nonfiction. Identifying Quality Nonfiction LiteratureWhile there are no hard and fast rules on what constitutes quality nonfiction, there is consensus on some basics. Finding Quality Nonfiction LiteratureEducators have an immediate need to identify quality nonfiction literature in all the content areas. Here is our starter list and a brief description of what each offers. Robert F. On Common Core | Cultivating Collaboration
Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians | eSchool News | 3 Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians | eSchool News | 3 As the lone librarian and technology integration specialist for an entire district, regularly meeting her K-8 students on a fixed schedule, Miller does not teach alone. She models collaboration by forming instructional partnerships with educators around the world. Two Libraries, One Voice, a joint blog documenting Miller’s co-teaching experience with John Schumacher, Brook Forest Elementary School’s librarian 338 miles away in Illinois, illustrates how technology transcends geography in the new millennium. Among the highlights of her partnerships with educators in Michigan, New Hampshire, and Philadelphia, Miller featured ongoing, multi-pronged collaborations that are open to any educator wishing to include his or her students, such as Somewhat Virtual Book Club and World Read Aloud Day. If George Siemens’ statement, “The network is the learning,” is true, then Miller and her colleagues built a formidable learning platform for their students—and many, many others. Common Core
CristinaSkyBox: Because There is Light in Collaboration And so another semester heads towards its end, just as another year which was filled with emerging educational trends taking root in many parts of the world. Emerging trends which are now more regular practices in a diversity of classrooms. Change takes time, especially in educational practices. And though I keep mentioning different digital tools and apps here in this space, that does not necessarily mean that educators should be using them all - not at all. As in any other context, educators know best what works well in their classrooms, they are able to choose, tweak and adapt as they best see fit. There is light and lightness in collaboration. Participate Learning is one example of how educators can collaborate and share. Creativity in the English Language Classroom Nick Peachey) is another great source of inspiration to all language teachers. (edited by Alan Maley and Nik Peachey) Personally, I offer no particular predications for 2016. There is light and lightness. CristinaSkyBox: Because There is Light in Collaboration
Using Social Media in the Classroom

What Is Social Media? - Definition and Examples What Is Social Media? - Definition and Examples Social media is a phrase being tossed around a lot these days, but it can sometimes be difficult to answer the question of what is social media. If MySpace is a social media site, and Mag.nolia is a social media site, and Wikipedia is a social media site, then just what is social media? Is it social networking? Is it social bookmarking? Is it wiki? What is Social Media? The best way to define social media is to break it down. Media is an instrument on communication, like a newspaper or a radio, so social media would be a social instrument of communication. In Web 2.0 terms, this would be a website that doesn't just give you information, but interacts with you while giving you that information. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Think of regular media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television, but you have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter. A Guide to the Social Web What Are Some Social Media Websites?
How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop? This screencast below will show you how to use Google Docs as a backchannel or exit ticket during a presentation, lesson or workshop. Creating a BackChannel or Exit Ticket on Google Docs from langwitches on Vimeo. Related How to Create a Backchannel Exit Ticket for Class, Presentation or Workshop?
Using Facebook In the Classroom (Revisited) I posted an article about using Facebook in the classroom” on several teachers’ web sites and I got the following response: Steve: I found your plan for using facebook on the esl teacher's board. I teach English in Egypt. I have a contact who teaches in Florida, U.S. This article aims to expand the original idea of using Facebook. ========== Dear Teacher in Egypt: The key point: my students check their facebook BEFORE their email. a) When I bulk-email my students, most email providers consider my messages as "junk" because I have 20 or more names in the SEND or BCC category. b) It's also easier for some teachers to remember a FACE than a name or email address... so I highly recommend a facebook page for each separate class. The down side: students between classes have to work harder to share their details. Please let me know about your success. Here is the original article: How do we build bridges? Step One: Get on Facebook. Steve Hello, Student. Facebook in the Classroom VERSION 2
In my constant quest for classroom management techniques, I stumbled across Whole Brain Teaching. WBT is a structured classroom management approach which has had great results. Immediate pros of WBT: Structured - The drilling of routines and commands is hugely helpful to students, particularly those in my area of specialisation (pre-school to Grade 3).Energetic - the gestures and sillyness of it keep students engaged, which is very difficult to doFree - The materials (videos, articles and ebooks) are all free. They aren't trying to make money from educators. I was able to legally read their primary manual this weekend. Obstacles to using WBT in my placement The biggest one would be my host teacher. Another is that I wanted to incorporate WBT into my research project, which I have to frame around, "How can I...?". A great video of WBT, there are piles of them on Youtube (search "Whole Brain Teaching", add grade level if desired): Whole Brain Teaching - Guff or Great?
Oh dear. The Kansas City Star asks: Teachers learn ways to keep students’ attention, but are brain claims valid? Probably not. Unless you’re buying a brain scanner or a plush brain, product ‘brain claims’ are generally just marketing patter. But let’s see. When Chris Biffle called out the word “Class!” Whole Brain Teaching reminds me of Brain Gym, a notorious bit of British neuro-nonsense from a few years ago. Class-Yes: Our primary attention-getter activates the prefrontal cortex, often called the CEO of the brain… Little if any learning can take place if the prefrontal cortex is not engaged. while even “mirror neurons” have a role to play: Mirror: Many brain scientists believe that we learn by mirroring the gestures and activities of others. If such warm-ups did work, your best bet for activating your primary visual cortex, for example, would be to stare at a rapidly-changing pattern of random colors for a few minutes. But that’s teaching. Whole Brain Teaching...? - Neuroskeptic
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6 Awesome Cooperative Classroom Games How often has this scenario played out in your classroom? You’ve planned a fantastic lesson that involves students working together and learning together. In your well-crafted plans, the students are engaged in the activities, supporting one another, and growing as a learning community. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? So why don’t these activities always work out as planned? Although there may be many factors at play, it could simply be that your students are unable to work together properly because they do not know how to support one another. Cooperative classroom games differ from competitive games, as games (e.g. basketball, soccer) tend to focus on winning or losing, while cooperative games do not have to have a sole winner, as the objective is for all teams to succeed. Co-operative classroom games are the solution, as all students will benefit since no one is left out and the focus is on the success of the team as a whole. Grades 1-3 1. Arrange students in partners. Wave Stretching 1.
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Using technology for collaboration in the Classroom

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