S: Virtual Collaboration
BC: I Love School
FC: Virtual Collaboration EDCI 700 AZ Gardner-Webb University Tashna Morris Yvonne Pierce September 17, 2011
1: Copyright 2011 Publisher Morris-Pierce Hudson Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28054 Virtual Collaboration Inc.
2: Mixbook | Mixbook is an easy and fun way to make and customize photobooks, cards and calendars, on the web for free. With Mixbook you can collaborate with others on the same project. It gives educators easy access to a high quality web-based story telling tool, with the added freedom of personally designing your work. The best feature of all, however, is that you can purchase your book and have it for years to come!
3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh5y3qaYhfI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzAqmlo2WuY
4: Google Docs | Google Docs is a free, web-based office suite, which offers use of presentation and spreadsheet programs. Users may work in real-time collaboration, while storing the document. Users may share documents with individuals, collaborators, or the public.
5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBh8bMC7XEU | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_hJ3R8jEZM&feature=related
6: Educational Implications of Virtual Collaboration
7: In a world of advanced technology, one important aspect of this technology is the growth of educational opportunities. The opportunities that are available go beyond the conventional face-to face, sitting in a classroom learning environment. Virtual collaboration is one such tool that can enhance learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom.
8: Virtual collaboration addresses a key 21st Century Skill that many companies are looking for in their employees: the ability to work with others to solve common challenges. Similarly, there is evidence to suggest that students are motivated to do high quality work when they are working in groups, with and being judged by, their peers (Loan-Clarke & Preston, 2002).
9: The trend toward virtual collaboration has occurred over the last decade due to globalization. This has encouraged, "a globalized network that encourages the sharing and creation of knowledge and information (Dittman, et al., 2010, 195)." Therefore, it is essential that students engage in these collaborative practices, within schools, to learn to become more efficient at sharing information and producing work.
10: Virtual Collaboration Benefits 1. Develops potential for learning. 2. New approach to solve problems. 3. Cultivates new ideas. 4. Transfer of knowledge or skills.
11: 5. Develops creativity. 6. Extends networks. 7. More effective use of individual talents. (Loan-Clarke and Preston, 2002).
12: Virtual Collaboration Benefits 8. Completion of individual parts towards a final product. 9. Members communicate more through technology than face-to-face.
13: 10. Members are geographically dispersed from one another. (Dillman, et al, 2010, 197)
14: Mixbook Creative expression One collaborator at a time Authentic product when published Virtual story board Personalization Message tool between collaborators | Useful for any content area Virtual storage of products
15: Virtual collaboration Easy access from various places Hands on | Google Docs Office suite virtual software Realtime collaboration with live up-dates Documentation of collaborators work Easy to download presenations Templates availible for use Embedding of videos or web links
16: Brainstorm Activity How could you use this technology with your students?
17: References Dittman, Dawn R., Hawkes, Mark, Deokar, Amit V., and Sarnikar, Surendra. (2010) Improving Virtual Team Collaboration Outcomes Through Collaboration Proces Structuring. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 11(4), 195-209. Loan-Clarke, J, and Preston D. (2002) "Tensions and benefits in collaborative research involving a university and another organization," Studies in Higher Education, 27 (2), 2002, p. 169-185