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TOOLS AND RECIPES FOR ASSISTING COLLABORATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING.

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>Find Collaboration Tools

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Go to the Discussion Page.
Collaborative technologies are becoming widely used in the workplace to enhance communication, information sharing, and project management within and across organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
1. In what curriculum areas should these technologies be considered a)Essential, b)Nice to use, c)Not necessary?
2. What are the intellectual property issues associated with storing student and teacher developed resources outside the institution with external host services?
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Simple Spark is a place to find and share in the new world of web applications. It has a comprehensive catalogue listing of all of those really cool applications that keep popping up in blogs and news articles. Entries in the catalogue are tagged and there's also a browsable category list so it's easy to search for things that might interest you. Try a search using "COLLABORATION"...you will be amazed at the result.


>Collaborative Projects with Google Docs

Here is a tutorial explaining how Google Docs works. It's a great free tool for student projects. When viewing the video substitute "teacher" for "Sam", and "students" for "writers".



>Online Resources

A huge list of links to online resources from the Mashable web service .
There are 900+ links to Blog and Podcast resources. 500+ links to communications resources and 400+ links to photo and video resources and 3000+ to other resources. There has to be something here to assist your collaborative teaching and learning initiatives.
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> Digital Chef: Video Blogging

Create a 'Collaboration Blog' for a topic or issue and use this recipe to enable students to post their videos directly to the blog.
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Ingredients:
1. Digital camera
2. Blogger.com
Method:
1. Sketch a storyboard for the video
2. Prepare script for the narration
3. Record the video and the narration
4. Upload as a new post to the Collaboration Blog.. Enjoy


> Blog Writing for Teachers and Students

An article on writing for blogs and wikis.
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> Create Polls For Students

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> Digital Chef: Students' Slidecasts

Use this recipe to enable students to create a slidecast in which they collaborate in the development of a PowerPoint presentation and audio narration for a nominated topic. In the example below for the topic "Provide an Introduction to Digital Media" Adam was the Project Manager, Meg the sound engineer, Chris the Graphic Designer and Imran the narrator.

PollDaddy is an online tool, which allows you to create free polls and place them on your wiki, website, blog. Polls can be used as a quick and easy way of generating questions for students and enabling language learners to practise their English. As the poster, students can zip in straight away and post answers. One advantage of the poll as a question is the ability to have threads running from the question which allow for more than one correct answer or room for doubt. They can also spark off considerable debate. Polls provide a great opportunity to get feedback from students, without asking for the commitment of writing a comment (with the often lengthy form to fill in). It also means that students can get a feel for how other students responded. This automatically brings your students into a communal activity, and gives both you and them valuable feedback.

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Ingredients:
1. Key points from a discussion
2. PowerPoint
3. Audacity
4. Free Slideshare.net account
5. Free Internet Archive account

Method:
1. Create PowerPoint slides of key points
2. Record narration to elaborate key points
3. Upload slides to Slideshare.net
4. Upload narration to Internet Archive
5. Synchronise slides and narration at Slideshare.net
6. Serve using a wiki or blog
ENJOY


> Digital Chef: Simulated Interview

Students are given a topic to analyse from different viewpoints, in this example the topic is the possible positive, negative and neutral reactions of employees to the introduction of elearning.
In the simulated inteview students then prepare an interview script of their questions and the responses of people with different points of view. A text-to-voice translator is used to record the interviewees' responses. A collaborative exercise would involve a group of 'real' interviewees.
Click the player below to play a student's example of this exercise.
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Ingredients
1. AT&T's Text-to-speech translator
2. Interview scenario
3. Script for interview’s questions and interviewees’ responses
4. Microphone
5. Audacity
6. Free Divshare.com account
Method
1. Record interview’s questions
2. Use the text-to-voice translator to download interviewees’ .mp3 responses
3. Use Audacity to combine audio clips as a single interview audio file.
4. Upload interview’s .mp3 file to Divshare
5. Embed in wiki …ENJOY


> Online Assessment

Create a subject/topic collaboration account at ProProfs.com and collaborate with other teachers in developing a test bank of formative assessments.
ProProfs provides code for assessments that enables the quiz to be embedded in wikis or blogs (example on the right).
With ProProfs you can create multiple choice, true false, short answer and missing word questions and add images. You can also provide feedback (explanations) for questions.
In the example on the right you can click to view a question's image, add comments and view full screen if you prefer.
You will receive your results at the completion of the quiz and can view explanations for each question.



>Collaborative Sketching

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Students can collaborate sketching ideas in real time , Lots of tools include pens, shapes, patterns, text, etc. My students use it for brainstorming, concept development and storyboarding.