Communication and Collaboration

7 Feb

I finished grading part of your assignments and found that there are somethings that we need to make it a little bit clear.

1. If you haven’t done any reading guide yet, then you are already missing one assignment.  Some people have already done three and just need to finish one more; others have done two and just need two more; still others have done one or zero…then you should know that you need to do the rest of the chapters.  There are only six chapters in the book…so make sure that you have at least finished one reading guide before this weekend.  You can turn it in, but it will be considered late work and you will get one minus point.

2. As for the digital immigrants discussion, you are supposed to upload the file to the assignment page.  I only got three files.  However, I think that maybe I didn’t make it clear enough in the blog post and in my email.  Therefore, I will consider that a bonus point.  If you have submitted it already, you earned one bonus point already…For those who haven’t submitted, you can upload before we meet on Thursday.  Then you will earn one extra point as well.

3. You can now see everyone’s e-portfolio through our course blog.  I will suggest that you leave some comments to your classmates to let them know how you feel about their e-portfolio. It is always good to hear others’ voices.

Okay Dokey…so let’s move on.  From the things we’ve talked about so far, did you see how important communication is?  One big focus in all the standards that we have for 21st century teachers and learners is collaboration.  During collaboration, you need to communicate with others a lot.  So we will spend a few classes talking about this big idea.


What is communication? What is collaboration? What’s the difference between collaboration and cooperation? If you have read chapter 3, could you tell us the difference between collaboration and cooperation?

Let’s look at two images related to the ideas.

Think about the video clip we watched last week.  When the kids are working on publishing their own magazines, is that cooperation or collaboration?


What standards require communication? Collaboration? View the Georgia Performance Standards site to access K-12 content standards:

NETS Standard for Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

  1. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  2. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  3. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
  4. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

All these are expected for 21st century learners.  As a teacher, how can you do this and still make sure students understand shapes, the causes of the Civil War, parts of speech, and the phases of the moon? And don’t forget – your students are supposed to differentiate, be culturally responsive, make sure materials are accessible to all students and a host of other expectations. Oh – and the learning should be engaging to them . . Can technology help or hinder the process of communication and collaboration in K12 learning environments?


What kind of technologies do you use to communicate with your friends, families or teachers?  What kind of technologies do you use to collaborate with your peers while working on a project?

I use Skype a lot to communicate with friends and families back in Taiwan.  However, more and more communication tools just come out in the market in the past few years. A lot of people use Twitter nowadays.  What is Twitter?

One thing I use to collaborate with my peers the most is Google Doc.

There are many other communication and collaboration tools.  Go to the Go Web 2.0 site and you will find thousands of new tools. You might try exploring under the “kids”, “collaboration”, and/or “communication” tabs on this site will show you some additional tools you might want to learn more about.

Another great place to look is Edutecher. And the Matrix lists some tools as well.

Here are some popular ones that we might talk about in the next few classes if we have time.


Each of you is going to create a commercial about one technology tool. I am expecting to see some new tools instead of Skype or Facebook or Twitter!

Let’s look at some examples.



So what you need to do are:

1). Explore the tools and find one that think it is interesting and good for your teaching in the future.

2). Fill out the form to let us know which tool you choose.

3). Check out what others have chosen and do not choose the same tool.  You can find others’ choices here.

4). Start thinking about how you will create a commercial about your tool. What are its features? Why would a teacher, parent, administrator, resource teacher, and/or student use it?

5). We’ll be using a software called Jing to share what you know about your tool so you’ll need to download Jing before Thursday.

For Thursday:

1. Download Jing and make sure it works.

2. Complete the form about the tool you chose and start to think about how you are going to create your commercial.

3. Also, think about how you are going to evaluate the commercial.  Consider yourself the judge of Oscar.  We are going to brainstorm the criteria together.  I am not the one who has the power to judge your commercial.  🙂  You can list the criteria here.


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