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I think it’s important to spread the word about free online tools and resources that can help teachers to streamline communications with both parents and students. Earlier last year I wrote about Volunteer Spot, an online tool that helps teachers and non-profit organizations to coordinate volunteers. Collaborize Classroom is another free online tool that allows teachers to extend classroom discussions to a structured online community.
With Collaborize Classroom, students are engaged in online activities, discussions and assignments all designed to complement classroom instruction. Imagine! Enhanced participation and learning inside and outside of the classroom.
Free Teacher Resources
Collaborize Classroom offers free resources (in the form of downloadable pfd files) for teachers to easily get started, to create lesson plans, and to engage students using online discussions.
Activities for Collaborize Classroom
I was checking out some of the pdfs and I think that teachers will be impressed with the free resources available to them. There is a pdf called Five Activities You Can Facilitate with Collaborize Classroom. This has some wonderful ideas that high school teachers can use to begin using the program. Examples of some activities are collaborating on an environmental issue, debating things like cell-phone use in schools, and critiquing and commenting on current events.
As an English Major, I have to tell you that I love the free teacher resource called Literature Circles. Like a book club, where members discuss the books they’ve all read, the Literature Circle group discusses the assigned literature. Students are separated into groups of four and each student is assigned a role. One student leads the discussions, one student compiles vocabulary words, another student provides commentary on key characters, and the last student develops ideas on the theme of the story. Students will switch rolls each week and then post their completed assignments for group discussion.
Forms for Online Safety
Teachers will also be pleased that Collaborize Classroom has taken the precautions to ensure that this online classroom is a safe environment for both students and teachers. Teachers will find an Online-Student-Conduct Agreement (form) for students and in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a Consent Form for parents to sign for children under the age of 13.
I’ve only mentioned a few of the many valuable free resources available to teachers with Collaborize Classrooms. For a full list click here.
To learn more about Collaborize Classroom, take a moment to view the following video.
Collaborize Classroom uses simple web-based technology. All sites are secure via a password-protected sign-in process. No classroom date or information can be viewed online without a password and special access to the teacher’s site.
During these tough economic times, it’s vital to give teachers the ability to accomplish more with free online resources like Collaborize Classroom. Their ability to continue discussions, facilitate online learning groups and encourage the sharing of resources all within a safe space will result in a richer educational experience for students.
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