Tech Tool Tuesday #12

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.

Side note

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.

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3 thoughts on “Tech Tool Tuesday #12

  1. Dr. Toledo,
    I find it intriguing that the technology is now available to allow children from around the world the opportunity to engage in collaborative problem solving initiatives designed to teach them practical applications of the knowledge and skills they have and learn. The example of the oil spill video was great; I could see it going over very well in a primary class. I can also see where this type of technology could be used in college courses to teach students about a variety of different topics while at the same time providing them a chance to make personal, professional connections with people within their field of study. In a sense, I see this technology being used as a virtual internship where college students could log into a program and start working with experts to devise a plan to divert an economic or environmental catastrophe, or solve a difficult case. Think about it, wouldn’t it be awesome if students in an American government class could work asynchronously with Congress to create a sustainable budget that would place the country in a position where it could eventually pay off the national debt. Students could work behind the scene and occasionally proffer their ideas to legislatures. Activities such as this would give students real world experience and give their course work a sense of purpose and efficacy. Similar scenarios could be designed for criminal justice majors working with the police to help solve local crimes. It is this sort of technology that holds the potential to truly revolutionize the way we think about education and how students are educated.

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