April 26, 2012

iPads & Wikis – Digital Collaboration from Justin & Greg
Wiki Quality slideAt EdTechTeacher, when we talk about creating student-centric learning environments, we like to encourage educators to find creative ways to allow students to communicate and collaborate both in person as well as online. This week, Co-Founder Justin Reich presented Are Great Wikis Born or Made? via Skype as a guest presenter in Steven McGee's Teaching with Technology (LRN SCI-438) class at Northwestern University, and Greg Kulowiec wrote Why go 1:1 iPad Revisited: Screencasting Peer Feedback. Both Justin's presentation and Greg's blog post provide great information and examples about how to transform the classroom through digital collaboration.

Just Posting in the Same Place? Wikis and the Collaborative Classrom

There is a brief gap in the middle of the video where Skype died and Justin switched to iChat. Also, the slides lost a few pieces of text when they were imported into Keynote; however, they can be viewed in full below the video. Full slide deck

Why go 1:1 iPad Revisited: Screencasting Peer Feedback

Recently, we debated the question Why iPad?. EdTechTeacher Instructor, Greg Kulowiec, posted this latest article with a focus on student collaboration.
I've been working with @katrinakennett's 10th grade English class for the past few weeks to help them progress through their paperless iPad research paper process. We have finally made it to the point where roadblocks that once existed around technical expertise, comfort and understanding how to navigate the process on the iPad have disappeared and have been replaced by problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration. For a number of students, a draft of their paper has been written and they are ready for the peer editing process. While I was creating a video tutorial Explain Everything last night, I realized after originally overlooking it, the capability to import files from Dropbox into Explain Everything...idea time.
Greg and Katrina leveraged ExplainEverything as a way to provide video feedback for peer review. In the article, the workflow and process are clearly outlined. Here are two examples. What is most remarkable is the level of feedback from the students when they have the opportunity to both annotate and provide commentary. Definitely another great answer to the Why iPad question.