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Communication and Collaboration Instruction for the Classroom


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Course Introduction

Course Overview

Module 1 Wikispaces

Module 2 Audacity

Module 3 Internet Safety

Module 4 Google Apps

Module 5 Blog & Course Summary

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Great job everyone! Now it's time to share with parents your Classroom Wikispaces. Today, you are going to make the announcement to your students and parents that you have a Classroom wiki that you will use for instruction and communication.

First, you will create a Gmail account. A Gmail account will allow you to do all sorts of online multimedia, like share classroom pictures, chat with colleagues, parents, and students in real time (synchronous) and delayed time (asynchronous), and send and receive email messages. 

Second, you will create a Google Docs document. Google Docs allows you to create, edit, store and share files with other users online from remote locations and in real-time. You will create a Google Docs word document to announce your Classroom Wiki and invite students and parents to watch the Internet Safety videos.

Last, you will embed a blog on your Classroom wiki. The blog will be available to students and parents to provide you feedback on the Classroom Wiki and the Internet Safety videos.

I know you will be very pleased with your accomplishments thus far. Remember, if you have any problems or concerns please email. Links to email addresses are on the bottom of the page.

Let's get started!

Learning Objective:
At the end of this Module, you will have the ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues, students, and parents using Open Source Software (OSS) web tools. Complete the learning task in the order given below. If you need help navigating through the website or module, click on the “Help” link in the left column. If you need further assistance, click on the “Email Me” link at the bottom of this page.

GMAIL Learning Task:
1) Read directions for creating Gmail account
2) Create Gmail account
3) E-mail Instructors your Gmail address

Google Docs Learning Task:
1) Read directions for creating Google Docs document
2) Create Google Docs
3) Share Google Docs document for students and parents in Discussion Board
4) Respond to others Google Docs document in Discussion Board
5) Send students home with copy of Google Docs inviting parents to see Classroom Wikispaces (watch Internet Safety videos, comment on videos in wiki blog)

Resources Links

Directions for creating Gmail account .pdf

Start Gmail account

Directions for creating Google Docs document.pdf

Start Google Docs

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This site was last updated on April 23, 2013 Email Terri Golden
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2012 Terri Golden & Terri Hallam
University of Akron