Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Compose a Useful Comment

I came across this great resource. Don't be thrown by the fact that these contributors may be a little more than half your age! (Well, actually, in 2010 they were in 3rd grade, now these students are probably in 9th grade!) 

In addition to the comment lessons there are some great simple hints on using HTML tags as well. (NOTE: to use 'raw' HTML, you must be in HTML edit mode.)

How to Compose a Quality Comment

Section 4 Wikis

Section 3 Wikis

Sites to Join for the FCGP

During the course of our involvement in the global project - Flat Connections Global Project (FCGP) you will be joining (signing up for) several sites. (Like joining Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

For now, Start HERE:

1) Students must adhere to the following naming format:
firstname_last_initial_aahs. So my user name would be:
brianm_aahs or BrianM_AAHS.
2) Please accurately identify where you're from. (You are all from Neptune, NJ)
3) I've created a group for our school - join the group (AAHS FCGP-17-1).
4) This site is PUBLICLY viewable, however you have to be approved to join, so please be patient because we check everyone's profiles and will not approve you unless you are appropriately set up.

IMPORTANT: Also join the ning group: FCGP 17-1 Project Group

5) Only post appropriate content.

Here is what screen 2 of the logging-in process looks like, use this as a guide:

Start by exploring "Handshakes" posted by other students in the FCGP 17-1 project. Comment on handshakes to begin to get to know some of the students. We'll talk about posting your handshake in the next few days!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What is a Global Citizen?

As we prepare to begin our global project, I thought this was appropriate to share.

Please use headphones while viewing in Room 110!

Updated: Wikispaces and Screenshots - Perfect together!

"Wiki Wiki Express" sign at Honolulu
Image via Wikipedia
UPDATE: Student teams will show their wikispaces to the class on Wednesday, February 22nd. Just a brief overview (5 minutes max): show us the pages, you've created, the resources you've created (embedded video, etc.), the resources you've linked to, the basic structure of the wiki. DON'T Reteach!
Bonus Points for 1) multiple focused pages (as opposed to 1 long, all-encompassing page), 2) team created, embedded videos and 
3) colorful, graphic loaded pages.

There are some great resources referenced in this post.

Wikispaces is a great site for creating wikis to collaborate with classmates for a variety of reasons.
I created this wiki: to demonstrate the use of screenshots AND to show how to incorporate screenshots in a wiki AND to link to more learning opportunities about screenshots AND to demonstrate the creation & use of a wiki.

A picture from a screen can help to clarify what words alone may not be able to do.
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, if that is so then a moving picture must be worth even more! With that in mind, here is another great resource:
Apowersoft: Free Online Screen Recorder allows you to use a browser on any platform and easily record what's happening on the screen. The result can then be tweeted or easily posted to your blog or even included in a wiki!!

Here is a brief screen record tour:


Task: Work with your teaching group to create a protected wikispace on your topic. You are not part of a classroom, so enter Wikispaces as "Everyone Else."

When you create the wiki, BE SURE that it is protected - no one should need to login to see this wiki. One member of your group must create the space and then invite the other members to join. Also, make sure to invite me! Note: A protected wiki will not cost any money - you may need to make/accept a phone call to prove your humanity.

Your topic wikispace should include descriptions of your topic as well as screenshots and embedded videos created by you and/or found on the topic sites or YouTube.

The resulting wiki should be a useful resource to anyone needing to learn more about your topic! Use your local wiki expert.

All of this work should be done with each team member sitting at their assigned computer and communicating through the wiki or some non-verbal (noise-free) method!

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What is this FCGP?

Project Overview

The Flat Connections Global Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students (typically grade/year 9-12, 14-18 years old).

The FCGP is about ‘flattening’ or lowering the classroom walls to encourage students and teachers to learn how to work collectively and collaboratively virtually. The aim is for all participants to not work in isolation but to be connected throughout the journey of the project. Connections and collaborations will take place using Web 2.0 tools.

The project is designed to develop global competence, cultural understanding, skills with Web 2.0 tools for building networked learning communities and global collaboration and online learning. Intended outcomes include amplified awareness of what it means to live and work in a flat world through researching and discussing new ideas and actions for future learning.

Students have the chance to take on leadership roles, and begin to understand what it takes to build and contribute to an online learning community. They also interact with expert advisers and other classroom teachers in a true flattened learning mode.

Teachers will meet via synchronously a virtual room most weeks to discuss project goals, aims and progress. They will monitor not only their students in the project, but be part of the larger whole and be active across the entire community.

Enduring Understandings

As a result of this global project participants will:
  • Understand how to learn in an open community virtually
  • Appreciate the potential of connecting and collaborating globally
  • Build and interact with a network of learners
  • Experience collaborative design and co-creation using Web 2.0 tools
  • Gain cultural understanding through connecting with a diverse community

Essential Questions

  • What should learning look like in a ‘flat and connected’ world?
  • What is the future of emerging technologies and how do they support new approaches to learning?
  • How can global collaboration bring the world into our classrooms?
  • What products can we make together at a distance?
  • What will be the impact of our collaborations on the world?

Project Outcomes

It is expected that each student in the project will be part of the larger online learning community, as well as focus particularly on their teamwork while completing these artifacts:
  • Online community contributions:
    • An introductory blog post  including an audio or video introduction (if possible), and posted on the project’s educational network (Ning). (This is the ‘handshake’ greeting).
    • Forum discussions and ongoing blog posts as required
    • Responses to the project keynote
    • A post project reflection.
  • Social bookmarking and research using Diigo:
  • Major outcome Part 1: Collaborative Research - Students will use a wiki and Google docs for initial planning and collaborative work.
  • Major outcome Part 2: A personal multimedia response (digital story/video) with collaborative content, based on the selected topic and theme.
Student Summit global presentations hosted in a virtual classroom (such as Blackboard Collaborate or Fuze).