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Collaboration

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Mark Clarkson

on 19 February 2013

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Collaboration 15 tools in 15 minutes A Presentation by Mark Clarkson Section A - Collaborate with traditional documents Tool #1 - Your bog standard Office package Description:
Share a computer between 2 (or more)
Hot seat - have students move from machine to machine Advantages:
Quick, simple, familiar, easy to set up Disadvantages:
Can be chaos, leaves little time for work, classes easily distracted Tool #2 - Wikis Description:
A simple multi-page website
Heavy on content, light on design
Requires an account/login
Plenty of free hosts available Advantages:
Excellent for building up a large bank of structured information
Audit trail (who did what, and when?) Disadvantages:
Requires an account/login
Not suited to simultaneous collaboration
Best set as home/project work Tools #3 & 4 - Online Office Packages Description:
Create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and more Advantages:
Specific applications & tools
Collaboration by invitation
Familiar Layout Disadvantages:
Requires yet another account
Not suited to simulataneous collaboration Section B - Simultaneous Collaboration Tool #5 - Etherpad & Primary Pad Description:
Real-time collaboration
Simple, text based content Advantages:
No need to log in
Incredibly quick and simple
Saved revisions kept indefinitely
Chat section for use as a backchannel Disadvantages:
Anonymity
Anyone can edit/delete content
Text only Tools #6 & 7 - Twiddla & Skrbl Description:
A whiteboard approach similar to Etherpad Advantages:
No login required
Quick and easy access
Simultaneous collaboration Disadvantages:
Difficult to manage more than 2 or 3 users
No audit trail
Limited drawing tools Section C - Collaborate in new ways Tool #8 - Blogs
(External or Internal] Description:
Could be teacher led or pupil led
Using external hosts or installed locally
Wordpress & Blogger are quick/simple Advantages:
Opportunity for online feedback
Builds over time - easy to look back
Regular feedback from a range of sources Disadvantages:
Time taken to set up
Effort needed to sustain momentum
Another login Tool #9 & 10 - Wallwisher / LinoIt Description:
A digital post-it shower using text, images, audio & video Advantages:
No login required to post
Can use a range of multimedia
Anonymity Disadvantages:
Limited moderation options
Videos often blocked in school
Screen resolution issues Tool #11 - Voicethread Description:
A stylish and feature-laden take on multimedia commenting Advantages:
No login required to comment
Record audio/video and doodle at the same time
Include your own avatar - ownership
Comment in any format you like

Disadvantages:
Risk of inappropriate comments
Blocked by some filters
Counter-intuitive to set up Section D - Collaborate as Educators Tool #12 - Twitter Description:
Much hyped, but incredibly useful
Personal Learning Network - literally hundreds of likeminded people talking about education, technology and more Advantages:
Huge potential for sharing ideas
Crowd sourcing
As one hemisphere goes to sleep, another wakes up Disadvantages:
Can quickly eat buckets of time
Have to remember that posts are public Tools #13, 14 & 15 -
Skype, Flashmeeting & Google Hangouts Description:
Video conferencing tools - 1 on 1 or larger meetings
Discuss issues in real time Advantages:
Speak to other educators face to face
Take part in group discussions
Location irrelevant
Camera and microphone not always essential Disadvantages:
Terminal shyness
Family may think you are hearing voices... Thoughts and Caveats Collaboration is a always a little risky - but worth it! You MUST have a reason for collaboration - students have to know WHY The communication skills will always be more important than the tool Be prepared to head off in unexpected directions - this is often a GOOD thing! Assessment can difficult, but then you don't make a pig fatter by weighing it ALWAYS have a plan B in hand (and preferably C, D and E) Best to have a very specific short-term goal Long term projects require a lot of input and motivation as well as regular feedback
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