Collaboration – Google … again
As we become more familiar with the tools of the participatory web (commonly referred to as Web 2.0) we see application possibilities that enable our students to connect, create, catalog, communicate, collaborate, and a bunch more C-words. The shift that we’re witnessing throughout the world is the increased ease with which we can collaborate. There are hundreds of collaborative projects going on around the world. I recently ran across this one from Global Collaborative Projects – created in part by Mark Wolf, a teacher at Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) – future goals include having students create game and simulations for using. The video shows students interacting with a game that includes multiple Google Apps. Can you figure out which ones?
If you’re interested in learning how to use some of the applications that Google provides, check out this site for educators: Google Apps Education Training Center. I’m planning on working my way through these modules to see how I can improve my use and classroom application.
One of the outcomes of HTA’s dedication to collaboration and service learning can be see in this blog. Two students – one in Hawaii and one in Uganda – write It’s Our Turn Now to share their work to raise money to buy land and build an orphanage and school in Uganda. They have actually bought the land and are now looking to complete the fund raising for the next phase of the project.