2:00PM  #EDIT2000, #EDIT20002 Morgan Fermin @mkfermin



Today we’ll start a 4-5 day exploration of tools that support communication and collaboration.

We’ll need to review the National Educational Technology Standard (NETS) on Communication and Collaboration first:

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

We’ll be working in centers through Thursday, September 18th. Each center is designed to give you a more in-depth view of some aspect of communication and collaboration tools. Some will require independent study while others will require you to work with others in your group. Make a group with three. Regardless of the task, you are encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas with those at your table.

  • Sept 18 R CREATE
  • Sept 23 T CREATE
  • Sept 25 R SHARE
  • Sept 30 T SHARE
  • Oct 2 R REFLECT

You may report a free-rider in your group.



Before we begin, let’s check your thoughts about group work. Click here.



This center is your chance to see how a college/K12 student might need to know about collaboration and communication. Working with your group, you’ll create a movie trailer on a selected topic. View details here.

Following the Process will save your time

1. Answering following questions will help you write your script.

  • Who will be your target audience? Students in K-12? or in college?
  • Think about…”After watching this video, the audiences will be able to                                                     .”
  • What characteristics do you want to talk about?
  • How do the characteristics affect their learning?
  • As a teacher, how do you think you can best teach them?

2. Finally, what format will you use?  Some examples include:

  • An interview with a student who became a free-rider or a sucker
  • A news story about constructive/destructive collaboration
  • A dialogue between you as a teacher and your students/group members
  • And many others

3. Check out what iMovie app/Powtoon will do for your scenario.

4. You can make a scenario, outline, and storyboard with the app.

5. Then, start filming!


Visit Powtoon website to view some free templates.

  1. Go to Powtoon and create an account. Make sure to sign up for an account before you start.
  2. Click on “Start now” and choose a new template.
  3. Publish the toon.
  4. Once you publish your movie directly to YouTube class account.

Need technical help? Refer to  Powtoon Job Aid  from Indiana University. Not all of the instructions will fit for our class, but still, it is helpful.

[IMPORTANT] Powtoon is not a totally free service. There are free templates that you can use. Also there are limitation on the number of dialogue lines that you can have. (Max Length: up to 5 min)