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Cmaps connecting continents

This is the story of an international student collaboration project. Students from Finland and US (ages from 10 to 12) used Cmaps and Cmapping as the communication tool.

Jarkko Mylläri

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of Cmaps connecting continents

To wrap up the things on the table:
it was as easy as...

"Cmaps connecting continents"
How we used a concept mapping tool for communicating over the language barrier
What is cmapping?
a framework for collaboration between multilingual groups
applicable to any subject or content
as a bonus students learn about each others' cultures
supports motivation through global interaction ("nightschooling"), peer-learning and the use of ICT
Let's see how we did it ...
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To give live faces and voices to the cmaps
we used video-conferencing
We used paper planes to help us study the physics of air...
Finding one another on shared knowledge maps...
We stored, edited and shared our cmaps on shared&secure folders on freely available cmap-servers
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We also measured flying
times on two continents...
We used all the available, light-weight equipment...
A speaker stand
Adobe Connect can be replaced with e.g. Skype
We linked our cmaps with our faces to help navigation and getting to know one another
We edited and viewed our cmaps from school or home using
a browser or IHMC CmapTools
We wanted to collaborate and share perspectives on the topic of AIR...
... we introduced ourselves
and our everyday lives
Click the links to
view the cmaps
with live links
in browser
...then took photos of the recorded data ...
We made and photographed diagrams of the different kinds of paper planes people make...
After several months
We shared our opinions and memories about the project ...
To learn the necessary skills, we experimented freely with the technology.
"It was nice to find out what it
would be like to live in California.
It was also nice that the children
were our age so that it wasn't
difficult to think of subjects
to talk about."
"Night school was a fun idea and this night school was even better than I expected."
"One of my chat partners is my friend in Facebook."
"It was fun when you were asked for help in the English language when the person sitting next to you didn't understand something."
"The best thing about the night school was chatting and finding out that we have so many things in common."
"It was propably the best thing in school ever!"
"I have stayed in touch with one of the students."
"It was nice to find out that my partner in America plays the same video game as I do."
"It was fun to learn to make maps using the Cmap-tools."
"Doing the maps was lots of fun."
"I learned to talk
English better."
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Using cmaps with photos and video
It was easy
For real-time collaboration we organized a night school
Remember the ten hours time difference?
We had chats about interesting topics on&off our cmaps
Duck tape
We presented ourselves using Adobe Connect and Skype - any such technology will do
...and shared the photos later on cmaps along with further study questions and ideas
Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out
Drag the canvas to navigate
School's laptops
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...and it was FUN!
we studied air and the daily life using paper planes and camera
we studied English to learn the skills and related vocabularies
we documented our studies and findings by making notes, taking photographs and recording video - everywhere
we integrated our documents, photos, video and vocabularies with complementary knowledge from web into cmaps
we utilized the visual basis of cmapping to overcome the challenges of multilinguality
we shared the cmaps on our shared&secure project folders on IHMC CmapTools -servers
Study and Document
Integrate and Share
we browsed the cmaps online to get to know each other and our studies
we rehearsed real-time communication in our local groups by practicing vocabulary, talking and text-chat
we communicated live both as individuals and groups, verbally and non-verbally, visually and in text, locally and globally
We felt that The project
was great!
CmapTools includes a chat-console to aid collaborating in real-time
IHMC CmapTools Concept mapping software
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CmapTools help:



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Adobe Connect:
Anu Kahri, teacher

Anu Westermarck, teacher

Jarkko Mylläri, GCT/researcher
Thanks for your time! Here are the resources:
Go have fun too!

With Best Regards, The Team
Mesa Elementary 4A
Ryan Howatt, Elisabeth Yeager, Anne Emerson, Iran Guerrera, John Puglisi
Mäntymäki School 5B
Anu Kahri, Anu Westermarck, Martin Lönnberg, Mikael Kivelä, Jarkko Mylläri
See how...
A Special thanks to the research projects InnoSchool and OPTEK for the inspiring work on the "A Day in My Life" -model!
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