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Online learning communities

Online Learning Communities

Presented by

Angel Somers/Media Specialist

asomers@wlbschools.com



Why should we be developing online learning communities
Why should we be developing online learning communities?

Today’s students communicate in an instantaneous and global manner.

Today’s students are familiar with social networking and this type of collaborative learning taps into that knowledge and interest.


The educational technology plan for new jersey states that
The Educational Technology Plan for New Jersey states that:

  • “…students must be able to use digital technology and communication tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate information, construct new knowledge and communicate with others in order to participate effectively in society.”


2009 revised nj cccs for technology
2009 Revised NJ CCCS for Technology

  • 8.1 Educational Technology: All students will use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaboratively and to create and communicate knowledge.


By grade 2
By Grade 2:

  • Students should be able to engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate learning activities with students in other classes, schools, or countries using electronic tools.


By grade 4
By Grade 4:

  • Students should be able to engage in online discussions with learners in the United States or from other countries to understand their perspectives on a global problem or issue.


By grade 8
By grade 8:

  • Students should be able to participate in an online learning community with learners from other countries to understand their perspectives on a global problem or issue, and propose possible solutions.


What kinds of online learning experiences can we create for our students
What kinds of online learning experiences can we create for our students?

Blogs

Wikis

Glogs

Google Docs

Voicethread

Skype


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What is a blog? our students?

  • The term blog stands for “ web log”

  • It is an online journal made up of reverse chronological entries.

  • It can include text, images, video, podcasts, polls, and links to other web sites.

  • Writers can post thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

  • Readers can comment on those thoughts, feelings, and ideas .

  • A dialogue is created between the writer and the reader.


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How can blogs be used by students? our students?

  • To publish their own work.

  • To create electronic portfolios.

  • To exchange ideas and communicate with teachers, other students, and in some cases the world at large.

  • To enhance technology skills.

  • Let’s hear what they say about blogging.


Let s explore
Let’s explore! our students?

  • Now take a look at some student blogs.

  • Once again leave a comment about what you have viewed.

  • http://blogging4students.blogspot.com


Tips for helping student bloggers
Tips for helping student bloggers our students?

  • Provide examples.

  • Include reflection and self-evaluation as part of the process.

  • Ask students to limit overused words and phrases like “That's cool!”, “Me too!” etc.

  • Teach students how to hyperlink.

  • Ask students to share their strategies for persuading others to join in their conversations.

  • Remind students to think of their audience.


Teach digital citizenship
Teach digital citizenship! our students?

  • Students should be sure to cite all of their sources - including clip art sources.

  • Do not post photos without permission and do not post names with any photos.

  • Remind students to be nice. Sarcasm and humor can often be misinterpreted.

  • Be sure that all work is proofread carefully.

  • Make sure that all information posted is accurate.

  • Be brief!


Nj cccs state that students must
NJ CCCS state that students must: our students?

  • By grade 4: Explain the need for each individual, as a member of the global community, to practice cyber safety, cyber security, and cyber ethics when using existing and emerging technologies.

  • By grade 8: Model appropriate online behaviors related to cyber safety, cyber bullying, cyber security, and cyber ethics and summarize the application of fair use and Creative Commons guidelines.


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How do you teach internet safety when using blogs? our students?

  • Be aware of blog features that link readers to other blogs or websites.

  • Remind students that they should never post their full names on the internet.

  • Students need to recognize that they are writing for a wide audience. They should only write things that they are comfortable sharing.

  • Post your rules on your blog page as a reminder. View a sample here.


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How can you create a blog? our students?

There are many different blog sources.

Blogger.com

Wordpress.com

Edublog.org

LiveJournal.com

tblog.com

ePals.com


Wikis
Wikis our students?

  • Let’s get take a “Wiki Walk-Thru”

How are wikis different than blogs?


Glogs
GLOGS our students?

  • What is a glog?

  • Sample Glogs

    • The Giver

    • Mammal project

    • Angles

    • Internet safety

    • Character Education

  • Now try one of your own.


Voicethread
Voicethread our students?

  • Voicethread is an audio blog.

  • It allows for discussion and comments between participants.

  • It is a slideshow that incorporates narration and the ability to comment either through text or sound.


Sample voicethreads
Sample Voicethreads our students?

  • Sample voicethread lessons

  • 3rd grade poetry

  • Character Education

  • 4th Grade history/literature lesson

  • Tutorials

  • Other ideas

  • Explore Voicethread on your own. Go to www.voicethread.com


Google docs
Google Docs our students?

  • This is a tool that can be used by groups of students or students and the teacher.

  • Students can create word documents, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.

  • You must have a Google Gmail account in order to use this feature.

  • Students can work simultaneously using a chat feature to collaborate.

  • Let’s see how it works: www.google.com


Skype or google chat
Skype Or Google Chat our students?

  • It is a way to bring experts into the class.

    • Authors that Skype

  • Skype is in the process of setting up an educational registry. See this page to sign up:

    http://blogs.skype.com/classroom-pre-register/

  • Google Chat is an alternative for schools that block access to Skype.


Epals
ePals our students?

  • Sample of ePals collaboration opportunities


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Angel Somers

asomers@wlbschools.com

(732)222-5080 ext 1254


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