| Task | Process | Evaluation
| Conclusion | Credits
The internet isn't just about web pages; it's also
about connecting people together. Those connections can enliven your teaching
and make your class one that your students will never forget.
- Imagine having your students gathering data from your local environment
and then comparing it with data from a classroom in Australia.
- Imagine your students corresponding with students in a refugee camp
- Imagine your students collaborating on a collection of old sayings
gathered from a dozen different cultures.
These powerful connections aren't that hard to carry out, as long as
you know what you're getting into. In this exercise, you'll begin to figure
Working in groups, you are going to study a number of examples of telecollaboration-based
lessons. Your task is to tease out some important pedagogical elements
and issues and be able to explain them to the rest of us. You'll express
your newfound understanding by writing a compelling letter to your principal
making a case for this kind of teaching.
- We'll begin by looking at three very different projects. Take a total
of 10 minutes to explore each of these sites:
- As a class, we'll discuss what you saw at these sites. What do you
think students would learn from these lessons? How difficult do they
seem to set up and implement? What would you be doing in the classroom
while these were going on?
- Next, we'll count off and divide up the task of understanding the
various elements that make up projects like these. You work on one
the following investigation teams, each with its own guiding question
- Once the investigation teams have compared notes and developed a
response to their question, we'll get back together with your task
group of three.
Within your group, share what you learned from looking at the sites.
- Your final task is to write a note to your principal, making a case
for you getting some support to develop a number of telecollaborative
lessons over the coming year. What kind of support do you need? Why
should you be devoting your time to this? Provide some examples of the
kinds of projects you might do and explain how they will help you meet
your curricular goals. To demonstrate that you know what you're talking
about, point out some of the details that you'll need to cover to ensure
a successful project.
- We'll wrap this up by reading each letter aloud.
This activity will not be graded. The Telecollaborative
Lesson, on the
other hand, will count for 15% of your grade.
Are you now more enthusiastic about tackling a lesson like this? Do
you think you could make a case with your principal or department chair
to spend your time on one? If the answer is yes, you might want to look
at the following sites to build on what you just learned. They are both
based on the work of Judi Harris.
Credits & References
Some images in this exercise come from ClipArt.com.
Thanks to Judi Harris for making her Virtual
Architecture site freely available.
This exercise is loosely based on the Genre
Analysis pattern from the Design
Patterns page on the SDSU
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granted for other educators to copy this exercise, update or otherwise
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Last updated on January 31, 2006. Based on a template
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