Communication and Collaboration – Shadowing Project

Today we will wrap up your commercials and start working on the final C&C project.

PART ONE: Watching and Evaluating Your Commercial

As I said, the purpose of this activity is twofold:

(1) You will learn about other C&C tools you haven’t explored.
(2) You will learn the important of giving and getting feedback.

Ones getting feedback would see their works through different points-of-views. One providing feedback would actually distance themselves from their own works and actually learn how to do better with their own works.

1. So….open the list again on your laptop.
2. I will run the video. Watch the video.
3. Check the number of video and click on the evaluation survey.
4. Enjoy your evaluation.

Now it is time for debriefing. Check the survey results. And take a few minutes with your tablemates to talk about some of the questions below. Based on the talk, you will be asked to include a write up for your commercial.

(1) Did you find a tool you want to explore further? What features did you find interesting?
(2) Check the results of your survey. How was the result? Did you get some helpful feedback?
(3) How was your experience of providing feedback? Did this evaluating help you to reconsider your own work? How would you revise your work?

PART TWO: Communication and Collaboration Tools Continued

So far you’ve explored a few communication and collaboration tools. There are a LOT more tools that can support communication and collaboration. We already explored Wallwisher. (Remember our wall here). We may also use pinterest for collaborative project. Remember the Pearltrees (my Pearltrees here)?

Scribblar is another example. Scribblar is multi-user whiteboard, which supports live audio, image collaboration, text-chat and more in the distance. Here’s a video that teaches how to use it.

Wikis are tools that allow you to co-write on a website with other people.  Your Google Site that you are using in our class could be considered a wiki if you chose to add collaborators. Here’s a video for more information about wikis.

Podcasts allow you to record or listen to audio from a class, an event, a renowned speaker, etc. If it includes video it is often called a “vodcast.” Searching iTunes will show you a huge list of what is available. You can view this video for more information.

Here we have more of them. I listed tools that you haven’ explored so far.


Before we get started on your next project– let’s make sure we’re all clear about communication and collaboration. Remember the “Geography Mystery” from Egbert Chapter 3. How might students benefit from this activity? What role does technology play in this lesson activity? Why is it important for students to have opportunities for communication and collaboration? What do the Georgia Performance Standards say about communication and collaboration for your subject/grade level?

Now I would like you to have ideas of how to use these tools actually in the classroom. Our next project is shadowing. Reading is sometimes a better way of learning writing; as such, shadowing is a way of learning a profession.

STEP 1: Choose two teachers’ classroom blogs (or twitters or pinterests). You will need to find ones that are active and support communication and collaboration among students, parents, and teachers.

STEP 2: Explore their blogs/twitters/pinterests for 2 week span retrospectively. Write a 2-3 page summary about what you learned and how these teachers support communication and collaboration using these tools.

STEP 3: You will publish your summary online. We will talk about the publishing tool options on Wednesday. We will have another workday on Wednesday, and the project is due next Monday.


1. Include a write up for your commercial.

(1) Introduction: Provide an introduction for your commercial. In your introduction, include a few aspects that address NET’s communication and collaboration standards. Be sure to make a link in your write up to the tool. For example, if you are talking about Twitter, make sure to link the word ‘Twitter‘ to the Twitter homepage.

(2) Reflection: Write 2-3 paragraphs of reflection about your work. What did you learn from other classmate’s feeback. What did you learn while evaluating others’ works. What were the good things about your work? What would you revise if you are given another chance?

2. Begin searching for resources. Come to class ready to share your ideas and resource with others. During Wednesday’s class I’ll be sharing some pointers on how to get an A on your project.

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