Just finished working on collaborative project which taught me a great deal. The project was to use Google Docs to write collaborative book reviews. Now I had just finished using this tool with my 8th graders; they were collaborating on writing a script for a movie. One of the things that I unexpectedly had to cover with them, was how to go about properly editing or suggesting changes. At one point a huge argument broke out because one student decided what someone else had written was dumb, and just erased it (while the other person was in mid-sentence typing). So, I quickly quieted everyone down and held a discussion on etiquette. Thankfully nothing like that even remotely occurred in this project. But for an 8th grader, its all part of the learning curve.
Overall, I feel the EDU 653 project went well. There were individual requirements we all had to complete and then come together and create the final product. This is one aspect that I personally need to structure better into my own lessons. While my students did have some individual aspects, they did not end up fitting into the final project as I originally envisioned. This project helped me work through that and gave me a better perspective for next year.
Here is the link to my team’s Amazon review of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, by Will Richardson.
Also a link to my review of The Innovative School Leader’s Guide to Social Media: Recruit Students, Engage Parents, and Share Your School’s Story, by Dr. Brian J. Dixon.