Communication and Collaboration – Day One

Housekeeping:

1.Classroom Layouts and your response to the group question regarding Egbert Chapter 3, are due at the beginning of class today. We will share your response today.

2. I have your grade ready to check. Check your “assignment checklist.” There are three tabs (assignment checklist, attendance, and grade). I used a 10 point scale in common, but remember that each assignment will be assigned a different percentage of your total grade. For your future reading reflection, try to include the following:

  • Write a statement
  • Explain what the statement means in your own words
  • Provided an example
  • Explain how the example relates to your statement

3. Remember you may use your late pass to submit your assignments by the next class meeting after the original due date. And check your resubmission policy on the syllabus.

4. Please CONTACT me (cotton93@gmail.com) if you have any concern or question before it is TOO LATE.

PART ONE: Classroom Layouts

Take a few minutes to share your classrooms with your tablemates. Vote for which one you liked to most. Choose a spokesman other than the original creator. Present it to class. When you present, please include the following:

  • Who is the audience? What subject area does it serve?
  • What are the highlights of the room? How does it reflect the needs of the learners and of the curriculum.
  • Describe what teaching and learning activities would this classroom serve?
  • How does technology integrate into this classroom?

PART TWO: Experiencing Collaborative Writing
Last time, you’ve got one group question to answer from your neighboring group (it was about Egbert’s Chapter 3). Let’s take a few minutes to share your response among your group. Be prepared to present your group response using a Google Doc.

  1. One of you create a Google Document. Here is the Tutorial.
  2. Share the Google Document inviting your group members. (Use g-mail addresses.) Don’t forget to add me (cotton93@gmail.com)
  3. Each of you work at your own labtop on this shared document.
  4. Write a collaborative response to the question.

We will present it to class on Wednesday. Make sure that your group come up with a completed response (Do not just list each one’s work). While working on it, think about the following questions:

  1. How did you like the collaborative writing?
  2. What worked and what didn’t?
  3. What can we do to facilitate this process?

Communication and collaboration is what is expected of 21st century learners. For about three weeks, you will be involved in three communication and collaboration projects.

  • Social Media Project — Create your Social Media Identity (5%)
  • Tool Commercial – create a commercial about a communication tool (10%)
  • Communication Project – further exploring communication and collaboration (choose from several options) (10%)

As we look at various tools to determine how they can support communication and collaboration in a learning environment, we cannot ignore tools for social media. So…for the first communication and collaboration projects, we will think about how we might develop a professional social media strategy.  At most, you are three or four years away from entering your chosen profession – it’s time to create your social media profile so you don’t find yourself removing tags from Facebook photos, creating a barebones LinkedIn account, and learning what Twitter is the night before a big job interview.

Here is a list of some examples of social media tools.

Facebook          LinkedIn          YouTube          Twitter          WordPress          Blogger

Vimeo                Pinterest          Google+          FourSquare    Instagram

We will discuss about the project in detail later. For the Wednesday:

1. Complete your collaborative writing.
2. Read about Social Media (due Wednesday, 1/30/2013)

It’s impossible to find the “perfect” article for you to read about social media. The problem is – the “perfect” article depends on what you’re interested in. There’s so much good stuff out there – I want you to find your own article.  So here’s what you’re going to do:

  1. Think about what it is you want to know about social media: teaching with social media in science classrooms, using social media in a marketing plan, creating a social media identity, guidelines for teachers using social media, creating a personal learning network (pln) with social media, speech language pathologists on Twitter, etc.
  2. Use this topic to do a google search for an article/video/resource that is directly related to your interest. Find something that interests you and READ IT!!
  3. Create a new page on your website called “Social Media”
  4. Link to the article you found, write a brief explanation of why you chose that topic and how you found the article (2 or 3 sentences), then write 3 or 4 paragraphs about what this article means to you, how it informs your understanding of social media, and what is in the article that you will use in your profession.
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