Prezi meeting is a tool that students are using in the brainstorming and planning phase of a project. This presentation shares how this works.
If you have something on the ballot in your state and want to have more information, go to ballot pedia which explains the initiative and lets you know who is paying for and against this. This is another method of wikis and collaborative writing playing a role in more open government and transparency. Students could run a student version of this sort of site, or -pedia sites on all kinds of things.
Evernote shared notebooks are a great way to share information with others. Christopher Mayo of princeton has created a list of shared notebooks that you may add to your collection.
Editing Wikipedia is something we encourage teachers to do in our book Flattening Classrooms, Engagaging Minds and in our Certified Teacher Course. All of us should at least have a user page. Tasha Cowdy, one of our certified teachers shared her experience editing an orphaned article on Wikipedia. This is something all of us can do to learn about the community of practice built around a sustainable site like wikipedia.
I teach students not to use "weasel words" in their collaborative writing. This includes things like "Many people say" or "it is widely thought" - these statements, unless backed up by a reliable source, lend credibility without fact backing them up. These are words that students should be familiarized with when writing for academic purposes in collaborative writing.
There is a new type of wiki called the "federated wiki" that is the new brainchild of wiki inventor, Ward Cunningham. INfluenced by GitHub, this invention lets you "fork" a wiki page and make your own version with the original author having the choice to integrate your changes or keep it separate. This may be a great type of collaborative writing tool for researchers and academicians who often are concerned about adding to a common repository in that the page could evolve to no longer represent their views but their name is still affixed to the page. On the other hand, those who may not understand it, might incorrectly attribute something that has been forked and edited but not approved by the original author. I like the potential, however. For those of you who do collaborative work, this is an excellent read.
An indexed list of Common Core English Language Arts standards and lessons aligned with those standards. A must-share for grades 6-12 English/ Language Arts teachers using Common Core.
For each of my online modules, MentorMob allows me to create annotated, step-by-step reading/viewing lists that I can easily embed into my course LibGuides.
So, I’ve been able to gather stuff from my desktop and from the web–sites, presentations, videos, images, surveys and articles–and pull them all together in a sequence my students will be able to work through them over the course of a week.
Playlists can be collaborative, tagged for easier discovery, shared with social networks, commented on and rated. A Firefox extension allows for on-the-fly additions.
MentorMob also allows for the creation of multiple-choice and yes/no quizzes.
"What we need to figure out - writ large - how to do is to build systems and structures that allow good people of honest intent to do great things. It is realistic to assume that we can build an educational system in this country around good people and smart systems. That does not mean teacher-proofing. That does not mean standardized content that strips the job of all of its creativity and passion and joy. It means understanding that people work best when they work in service of something that they can believe in. It means understanding that people work best when there is a pathway toward excellence. And it means understanding that people work best when they can collaborate. Good people are capable of great things under the right circumstances." Chris Lehmann
TECHNOLOGY IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is just one of the 7 golden rules that Adam Bellow has shared in his 7 Golden rules of using technology in schools in this must read article over at mindshift.
We have talked before about the study benefits of re-writing notes - you READ them more carefully and you SEE them again as you write them, (AND you end up with more readable, neat notes in the proper format!)
Additional benefits of typing (digitizing) the notes:
Ability to add screenshots to embellish the material
Ability to use formatting to embellish the material
This excellent article covers writing succinctly with great suggestions.
Here are some of the simplifications we can make.
Compound prepositional phrase Simplified
at that point in time then, now
by means of by
by reason of because of
during the course of during
from the point of view of from, for
in accordance with by, under
in relation to about, concerning
on the basis of by, from
with reference to about, concerning
for the purposes of for, under
in favour of for
in terms of in
For writers, this excellent article points out great ways to reduce wordiness.
I've begun work on the website companion to Collaborative Writing in the Cloud: An essential guidebook aligned with Common Core standards that will be published this winter. (The draft is due now.) I'm referencing some of these pages in the book and am asking for your help if you're involved in teaching writing, collaborative writing, or helping teachers.
Right now, I've drafted the pages on Twitter hashtags, chats, and lists for writing teachers and also networks where teachers can join. You're invited! The next page I'll create will be open collaborative writing projects.
Feel free to request to join the wiki but make sure that you list in the comments who you are and why you want to join so I'll approve you and then feel free to join in. Who knows, something you add may be the very thing I missed and it may make it into the draft.
Feel free to join in and help me get the right resources.
Also, I"ve posted two recent presentations: Common Core in the Cloud and the ISTE 2012 presentation about Common Core and Collaborative Writing that I did with Dr. Leigh Zeitz, Jennifer Roberts, Suzie Nestico, and Julie Lindsay (with Ben Curran moderating.)
Follow the link to join in and share.
An excellent list of authors and interesting people that would interest authors (and many teachers.) Each list is curated and updated by the person who creates the list, so follow those you'd like to use.
This method of reviewing a book will save you a lot of time.
1- Survey the book by reading the table of contents, the introductory chapter and the introduction and summary of each chapter. This determines whether you want to read the book at all and gives you an overview knowledge of the book.
2- Question. Write the questions you have about the book. These then become your study questions or learning goals about the book.
3- Read. When you Read the book, it is very helpful to take notes in the form of a mindmap. (I do this and then save each mindmap to evernote.)
4. Recall - IN this case you work to recall what is in the book. The key phrase or notes that summarize each section. You should use your own words and can note it at the beginning or end of the chapter if you have a Kindle (then you can take these notes and export them as well.) It also helps to share these with another person verbally or with a group.
5. Review. As you review what is in each chapter, you can look at the key phrases. This is when I like to make a blog post or journal entry.
This very important method is used by Mrs. Grace Adkins who runs our learning lab at the school. She's 85 years old and an incredible inspiration. She can recall and remember so many books and reads four or five of them a week.
While this method of getting the most out of a book was based on initial research done in the 1930's, I find it very helpful today. Good writers are good readers and this method helps you prepare to read well.
The National Writing Project (NWP) has a community open to anyone who is interested in writing. If you teach writing, you should consider joining this community. They also have a "Twibe" (for sharing tweets) that you can use to disseminate tweets on the topic of writing. They've always been on the forefront of writing and research. Great organization and some great conversations about common core as well.
Wikia is a massively growing website where people create wikis and remix content on video games, entertainment, and lifestyle issues. It is sort of a mix of graphics, wikis, and entertainment and shows how collaborative spaces are reaching every aspect of our lives.
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