Communication & Collaboration: Day 4

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

Today is our last day to work in communication and collaboration activities. Each activity is designed to give you a more in-depth view of some aspect of communication and collaboration tools.

PART ONE. Communication/Collaboration Project II: Tool Commercial

: You’ve been hired by a tech company to develop a commercial for one of their products. The company thinks that their tool will really benefit communication and collaboration in classrooms – but teachers aren’t really aware of their product. The company needs you to develop a 1-minute infomercial about their product to convince teachers that the tool will benefit students. The purpose of your infomercial is AWARENESS – it is not a training video.]

Step 1. Gather a team of 2 classmates

Step 2. As a group, select one web 2.0 tool that your group would like to explore. You’ll let me know which tool you want to choose (click here). Spend some time exploring the tool and think about how you would explain this tool to someone else.

Step 3.  Start thinking about how you will create a commercial about your tool. Who is the audience? What are the features? How can they support communication and collaboration in a classroom? You may want to refer to NETS for Communication and Collaboration. Why would a teacher, parent, administrator, resource teacher, and/or student use it?

Step 4. Create a storyboard for a commercial about your tool using Google Presentations. On the storyboard, you will plan for a sequence of information and/or image you will present and narration that goes with it.

**Take a look at two commercials from previous years so that you can better plan for your infomercial:

Step 5. Download Jing here. Watch this tutorial about capturing and sharing Jing videos created by our another awesome EDIT2000 instructor, Keri. For more tutorials, go here.

**If your computer has a webcam, then you have an internal mic to use. If you don’t know if you have a mic – start working on your infomercial – Jing should be able to locate your mic – if it doesn’t, then you likely don’t have one. You can get a cheap one at Walmart for less than $10. You can check out a microphone for 5 days from OIT in Aderhold 232. You just need your student ID.

Step 6. Create your infomercial. Using Jing, take us on a visual tour of your tool and tell us some of the things you thought about in Step 3. Some students create powerpoint slides to share, others just navigate through the tool as they talk about it. Please don’t conduct a “training session” – we don’t have to know all the ins and out of the tool. We just need to want to use it.  It’s an informercial – sell the product!! With Jing you’re limited to 5 minutes – but if you can say it best in 1-2 minutes, it’s completely okay. Remember, the funnier the better!

The following elements are what I am looking for in your commercial:

– Appealing to the audience (teachers) in a specific domain
Addressing how the tool supports communication and collaboration in a classroom

– Understanding the media chosen
– Look & Feel (including humor; a eye-catching title; interaction with the audience, etc.)

Step 7. Create a NEW page on your blog called “Assignments”

Step 8. On your assignment page, provide a brief description and a link to your infomercial  (Note: you’re creating a new webpage – NOT an entirely new website. Just login to your blog and click “pages”).


PART TWO.  Multiple choice question on the SMART board

Each group (=movie trailer group) should write one multiple choice question from the Egbert chapter on communication and collaboration. This should be written on the SMART board by the end of class.

PART THREE. Complete communication & collaboration activities

Complete any portion of your activity that was not completed in class. Tasks from the Movie trailer, Toolkit, and Tool Commercial are all due by the end of the class.

  • Movie Trailer
  • ToolKit: link it to page
  • Tool Commercial: create a NEW page on your blog called “Assignments” and add ToolKit section

For Next Week: 

1. “Reading Response with reflection: Technology and me”.

We’ve read several plans, articles, and chapters. It’s time to reflect what we’ve learned. After the reflection, you should have a good understanding of the role of technology in teaching and learning. In not more than 2 pages of document, reflect what you’ve learned from activities and readings we covered in this class.  Here is some questions that will help you to ponder for your reflection paper.

  • What is the best way to learn and teach
  • What was the best/worst learning/teaching experiences for you?
  • What is the role of technology in teaching and learning?
  • How technology can be used for meaningful learning, especially for communication and collaboration?
  • How to submit?
    • Option 1. word document file> Dropbox folder (Embed the link to page)
    • Option 2. Google document (Embed the link to page)- make sure open to the public
    • Option 3. Blog> Assignments> Reflections

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