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Thursday, June 11 • 10:15am - 12:30pm
FREE Collabrified Apps That Support Synchronous Collaboration

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NOTE: This is a two hour hands-on session.

Collaboration is a key 21st century skill. But, except for the Google Docs Editor – which is not  appropriate for K-5, if not 6-8) – software has not provided explicit support for students collaborating synchronously. Enter the FREE Co.llaboration Suite of productivity apps for iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks… and more. Co.Write, Co.Map, Co.KWL, Co.Sketch, Co.Timeline, YesWeKahn are all collabrified and support students co-creating/co-editing and verbally talking together – in real time – whether face-to-face in a classroom, or when the students are not co-located (e.g., each is home at his/her kitchen table).

The scaffolding provided by the Co.llaboration Suite of collabrified apps engenders discourse patterns such as questioning or narrating, patterns that are understood to be the hallmarks of good collaborative behavior. The choice of collabrified tool depends on the nature of the task that is undertaken, e.g., Co.KWL could be used for initial brainstorming and for reflecting, while Co.Sketch can be used to support drawing an animation of a scientific (or mathematical!) process.

No one has to learn alone anymore! If a student is stuck or confused while using Co.Map, for instance, he/she can initiate a collaborative session in Co.Map and invite a peer to join the timeline and engage in a verbal conversation. YesWeKahn supports learners watching a Khan Academy video or a flipped classroom video together, while talking together and making notes – and each learner is in their own home!

Teachers and students, from Michigan to Georgia, from Massachusetts to California, from the U.S. to Singapore, who are using the Co.llaboration Suite of apps are finding them to be powerful tools for learning in general, and for collaborative learning in particular. In our presentation, we provide concrete examples from classrooms using the Co.llaboration Suite – lesson ideas and tools that you can use in your classroom tomorrow!

This is a BYOD: We envision a 2 hour hands-on session.

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Cathie Norris

Regents Professor, University of North Texas
Dr. Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. For 14 years, Cathie taught high school math and computer science. She received the Dallas Public Schools highest honor for teaching, the Golden Apple Award. Drawing on those classroom teaching experiences, Cathie’s university research focuses on helping teachers weave mobile learning technologies... Read More →
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Elliot Soloway

Professor, Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center, University of Michigan
Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, with appointments also in the School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For 15+ years, Dr. Soloway’s R&D efforts have been guided by the vision that mobile, low-cost, networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the UMich... Read More →

Thursday June 11, 2015 10:15am - 12:30pm

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