Websites to help you create a virtual collaborative class
Australian Curriculum and Collaboration
According to the Australian Curriculum, "students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school." So how do we create a collaborative learning environment 'beyond school?' Here are five great websites to help you get started in making a virtual classroom students can participate in at home or their local library!
Educreations is available on the iPad or in a web browser
This fantastic website or app allows you to create a video and instantly share it with the members in your virtual classroom. Students need to sign up, you providem them with a unique code (similar to Edmodo) and viola! You can even allow a Q & A on your video/tutorial/screencast to allow students to ask questions and answer others to help increase their knowledge on the topic.
Test students knowledge by asking them to create a video and teach each other!
Edmodo is available on the iPad or in a web browser
Edmodo is best described as Facebook for schools. In a secure virtual environment teachers can post assignments, load quizzes, create a bank of resources for students to access in and outside the classroom. Edmodo allows students to connect to their peers while their at home to post questions, complete homework and receive positive re inforcement from their teachers and class mates. Students parents can also log in to see upcoming school events and homework students may be working on.