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Collaborative Technologies (Beginners)


There is a world wide web full of collaborative tools to support collaborative activities in the classroom. Preview the technology tools presented on this page that best represents your comfort level with technology. Interact with the technologies by completing at least one activity to be displayed in the Collaborative Resource Chart.

Option 1: Complete the activity for at least one of the technologies you choose to explore.

Option 2: Add an entry to the Collaborative Resource Chart to share with your district.


TitanPad
TitanPad is similar to Google Docs, but has a simpler interface and is easier to use. Students can use TitanPad to quickly compose word-processing documents without having to use an email address, creating an account or using a login. Through the press of a button called Create Public Pad, your pad is created. You can then share the URL of the created pad with others. What ever is typed from where ever, is displayed on the page in real time. TitanPad is a great tool to use when you need a collaborative document quickly.

TitanPad allows each line entered by a collaborator to have a different number for easy reference. Authors are also given color codes and can even be given a label or name (remember privacy rules). Best of all, work can be saved and exported as an HTML, plain text, bookmarked file, Microsoft Word, PDF, or Open document. Different revisons can be documented and a time slider is provided to show when revisions are made.
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Activity Directions: Click the Today's TitanPad link to visit a TitanPad that we have created. Add your thoughts about ways TitanPad could be used in a classroom setting. TitanPad will reflect everyone's entry.

Link to Today's TitanPad: http://erd.titanpad.com/1

Link to TitanPad website: http://titanpad.com/


Wordle

Wordle is a tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. (Taken from http://www.wordle.net; accessed on September 6, 2012.)
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Activity Directions: For this activity, you will brainstorm how your group views collaboration. One person will do the navigating and typing while all group members contribute ideas.
  1. Visit http://wordle.net.
  2. Click on "Create" at the top of the screen.
  3. In the box that says, "Paste in a bunch of text," you will begin typing the thoughts of your group. The conversation should be typed as-is, without punctuation or capitalization. This should be a stream-of-consciousness activity where there are no incorrect answers. Everyone's thoughts get typed into the box.
  4. Once you are finished, click on "Go" underneath the box. You will see your Wordle!
  5. Feel free to change the font, color, or layout. Once you are satisfied with the way your Wordle looks, click on "Save to Public Gallery" under the word cloud.
  6. Give your Wordle a title and username.
  7. Once you get the message that you have saved your Wordle to the public gallery, you can now copy the URL for this Wordle to use in other places.

Link to Wordle: http://wordle.net

Kidblog

Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.

Kidblog can be used to learn digital citizenship, create classroom discussions, practicing writing skills, create an e-portfolio, reflect on learning and formatively assess writing. (As described on the kidblog website kidblog.org.)
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Activity Directions: Work with a partner to create a blog entry. Discuss how this technology may be beneficial with collaboration in a classroom setting. Click Login in the upper right corner of the page. Select one of the logins below to access the 21st Century Classroom blog. Enter a title and content for your post.

http://kidblog.org/21stCenturyClassrooms/


Available usernames and passwords:
  • username: Group1 - password: group1
  • username: Group2 - password: group2
  • username: Group3 - password: group3
  • username: Group4 - password: group4

Wallwisher

Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. A wall is basically the 'web page' where people actually post messages.

Activity Directions:
Option 1: For this activity, you will post a sticky note to Wallwisher by simply double clicking the wallwisher board. Post an answer to the question: How can wallwisher be used in a classroom setting to support collaboration?

Option 2: Create your own Wallwisher board and account and experiment with posting sticky notes and photos.

Link to Today's Wallwisher: http://wallwisher.com/wall/21cwallwisher

Link to Wallwisher: http://www.wallwisher.com