My friend Kim Caise has shared information on an exciting photojournalism course that you can apply for NOW. You'll be collaborating with people in Pakistan and Tajikistan (hope I spelled those correctly.) This is something to apply for now!
"iEarn is currently inviting U.S. high school educators, high schools and youth organizations in the U.S. to apply for participation in our Photojournalism 2.014 program and would love for you to be among them. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the program will begin in January, so be sure to apply soon! If you are not a U.S. high school teacher or administrator or U.S. youth organization staff member, please pass this along to others who might be interested. To find out more and how to apply, please visit our website, or contact me, Nicole Weitzner, Photojournalism 2.014 Program Manager at: email@example.com or (212) 870-2693 ext. 4913."
Little tip: "If you're a Google Apps administrator, note that disabling Google chat across your domain now disables chat in Drive" I think we have to work with chat. It would be nice if chat could be enabled or disabled by document but it is a whole-domain thing right now. I hate to see it disabled.
We all tend to think we are more central to a project than we really are. This is no surprise but is very important for those who think they are indispensible because you're not. ;-( I just think being realistic is important.
This is also a challenge for us in Flat Classroom because students think they are important and central EVEN if they aren't communicating and reaching out to partners and this is a problem. I've had kids claim they "did all the work" and when looking at the words, it doesn't bear out. They are shocked when they realize how little they've done. I think this thought process is a a problem for collaboration. No matter what people do, they think they did it all even if the wiki says otherwise or data says otherwise. For this reason, it is important to point out this disparity to teammates and also how to quantify the participation of others.
"Do you provide information or materials which are necessary for them to do their job? To what extent are the tasks you each do related? Now imagine that everyone in the group does a similar exercise, quantifying their own relationship to everyone else.
According to research from Jonathon Cummings of -Duke's Fuqua Business school, you are likely to overestimate the degree to which others on your team depend on you!"
You can access your hackpads offline by syncing with dropbox. Very interesting concept.
This is a nice example because it includes the addition of new content but also editing of existing content to correct mistakes. It shows that the student read the work of the other student and added her own contribution.
2011 winners to show you what governments are doing in the US to collaborate and share on the web. These are the best of the best. If you are friends with a politician, you may want to share this.WE need to be more efficient and include people in the government to streamline and make things better.
In this example, the Mayor's Participation, Action and Communication Team in Richmond Virginia won a 2011 award from the US government for a citizen to government relating website. Here, citizens can put pins on a map and note what issues need to be addressed in the local area. There is also a mobile app. What a great way to involve citizens in their local area.
Top 10 tools for business brainstorming according to the nextweb include producteev, Google Docs, Skype, Basecamp, Facebook member pages, Teambox, Google Docs, Join.me, Zoho, Asana and Yammer. I think one of the most useful tools missing from this list is Trello. Trello is a fantastic tool that allows for collaboration between teams. This is an example of why students need to learn to collaborate now - this is something they'll be doing the rest of their lives.
Many corporations such as Apple, Toshiba, Texas Instruments, Philips, BASF, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, the BBC and Nokia have embraced open innovation, realizing the benefits of harnessing inventiveness from outside their corporate walls.
This website features success stories that show how corporations from around the world have benefited from open innovation. I think that this is one thing that education needs, we're not openly innovating, but rather, innovation is quite closed.
"The Goldcorp Challenge was launched in March 2000 and 400 megabytes worth of data about the 55,000 acre site was placed on the company’s website. Everything that the company new about the Red Lake mine was a mouse click away. Word spread fast around the Internet and within a few weeks submissions came in from all over the world as more than 1,000 virtual prospectors chewed over the data."
There were 100 sites identified, 50% of them unknown to the company based upon this data. Goldcorp became one of the most profitable in the industry. This is an example of open data and collaboration. This type of challenge is being used increasingly as people "crowdsource" as they outsource their problem solving and R&D through the use of challenges. Challenges are also a way for the great, but unnoticed and unrecognized, to rise to the top. What if we opened up data that we collect on students for problem solving?
I love this great point from Kyle Dunbar that is very true. Harnessing peer pressure for positive - this is a perfect example. I want to use this example in my upcoming book.
"Dude, Can You Please Edit?
This was shouted across the room at him in a none-too-patient voice from a friend across the room. It was clear that when Student X went to give reluctant writer Student Y some feedback in his wiki, the piece was filled with too many errors. It was after this across-the-room exchange that reluctant writer Student Y quietly asked Teacher Wiki where the spell check function was in the wiki tool. Quietly, surreptitiously, reluctant writer Student Y went back and began to revise and edit his piece. That quick exchange with his peer made more of an impression on him than repeated attempts by his teacher. And I question whether or not the scenario would have unfolded the same way if the students had just exchanged papers. Instead, this is a perfect example of what can happen when students are encouraged to write from the beginning in a digital format. Editing and revising is so much easier in the digital format but, more importantly, when adolescents get feedback from their peers, they are much more interested in revising than when they get the same feedback from their teacher."
Michael Graffin's thoughts about global collaboration. He's been working with a set of projects including many teachers. Here's his reflections on global collaboration and the first few 2 chapters in the book.
This popular article from the early 2000 deserves a revisit in light of having community guidelines and the ability to have community norms of behavior (such as on a wiki.)
Excellent article from Inside Higher Ed on the importance of virtual teams and collaboration. I think this is necessary both in college and at the K12 level.
"Online virtual collaboration involves at least four crucial skills. First, there is simply the skill of working well with others in a collaborative environment. Second, making efficient and effective use of technology to increase and disseminate knowledge. Third, working respectfully and productively across borders and cultural boundaries. Fourth, students who work in virtual teams will be pushed to develop new categories of thought and analysis, made possible through the direct interchange with peers."
I love Fogbugz made by Fog Creek Software and now Joel Splosky, the founder has created a new app called Trello for managing organizations. This works using the kanban system that I love! Joel received a big boost this week when he was mentioned on Seth Godin's blog. Recently Fogbugz put a Kanban board into their program and I fell in love with it again.
I won't do project management without Kanban and here it is! If you do major projects, try trello. I'm sigining up right now.
This video is a shortened 11 minute version of the 7 steps to Flatten your classroom that Phil Macoun extracted from our K12 online presentation. I gave him permission to use it for a course, but thought that those of you who care about global collaboration and how to put it into your classroom would like the quick overview. We go into great detail on these concepts in our book Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds (out at the end of the month.)
An online collaboration whiteboard. You can use it for free. Try using this for mindmapping and brainstorming between teams.
Having an interesting conversation about collaboration versus cooperation. Here, Cynthia Sandler reflects on the difference:
"before this project I would have said that of course it matters, collaborative being superior to cooperative. After the project, however, I am wondering how significant the difference really is. I see that there was more discussion and perhaps critical and creative thinking within the collaborative group. They probably got a lot out of the process of this project and continued to hone their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills However, the project assignment was asking for a particular product, not grading the process, so I would say that the groups who divvied up the work did some great critical and creative thinking by deciding that that would be the most effective and efficient way to get the job done. "
My own thoughts are:
"I think this is a great point about cooperative and collaborative. Both can create great outcomes, that is sure. In this case, you're not teaching collaborative skills, so cooperative or collaborative would be fine for either, however, in Flat Classroom we do want the students to specifically know how to collaborate so we do care. Of course, the argument always comes up, "but it looks fine, you shouldn't care if we collaborate." I think the struggle is that school seems to encourage cooperation not collaboration and so they should learn it somewhere. There are certainly struggles with this."
Please feel free to share your discussions on the original Ning post.
A study from this past January shows that 53 per cent of online Americans use Wikipedia. In order to improve the accuracy of Wikipedia and other sources like it, we need to teach students how to collaboratively edit.
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