Published on February 21, 2014
LEARNING TO COLLABORATE COLLABORATING TO LEARN GeGe Drozen Resource Specialist Minarets High School
The Importance of Collaboration Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. —Henry Ford Development depends on interaction with people.” - Vygotsky Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. —Vince Lombardi A random national sampling completed by the University of Phoenix of 500 workforce members 18-54 years of age between April 6 and 18, 2011
Have students form groups of 3 to 5
Start With A Group Google Site One student becomes the creator and shares the site with the others in the group
Choose either a blank template or one from the Gallery Example of Gallery templates
Start With A Title
Share Site With Teacher Teacher makes a Google Survey The lead student copies the URL of the Group’s Google Site and ﬁlls out the Google Survey
Teacher Collects All Google Site URLs for Grading
Example of Lesson Topic: This particular lesson was designed by my colleague, Daniel Ching. You can find his blog at: http://tinyurl.com/mdaad44 Project 7.2- Hello! I am a Totalitarian Dictator Expert! In this Project, you will be assigned a topic that has to do with a Totalitarian Dictator. You will present your topic to the class for a grade. The most important thing to remember is that you are telling the story of your topic. I do not want you to regurgitate what you read word for word. I want you to know your topic like the back of your hand so that you can tell the story of your topic. We will take notes on your topic but we do not want to write huge blocks of text. Please highlight what you want us to take notes on and keep it short! You should only have three to four sentences on each slide at the most. Here are the requirements. Follow them closely. 1. You must have four sources each. At the end of the presentation, you must have a works cited page that alphabetizes all of the sources from everyone in your group. Only 1 of your sources can be a .com per student. The rest should be .org or .edu. The sources must be cited MLA style and all images must be cited as well. 2. You must come up with a nice looking title page that uses the same title I have given you. 3. Each question is a slide and you must have one slide that is just an image. 4. You must have an image on each slide. 5. You image slide should tell the story in and of its self. It should captivate. You must be able to talk about you image slide and what it represents. 6. You will be graded down for reading off your slides constantly. Note Cards or Paper Notes are strongly recommended. If you don't need any and you can give a great presentation then that is even better. However, don't read your slides. Stalin: -Country? -What kind of government did he lead? -Whose footsteps did he follow in? Who did he kill to take power? -What were the Great Purges? -What were his 5 year plans? -What is a Gulag? -What is his nickname? -Deﬁne Collectivization. -What was Stalinism Now here are the requirements for the items: -Your group will collaborate using Google Presentation -It needs to be embedded on your Google Site. This is worth 30 points.
Part 2 to this lesson: Project 7.1- Short Film on an Egomaniac For this project you will be using iMovie. You will have 1 full class period to do this project. You are going to create a 1 minute introduction video about a totalitarian dictator. You will choose from Hitler, Stalin, or Mussolini. You need to answer the questions below in the video. The video cannot exceed 1 minute 20 seconds and it may not be under 1 minute. This is not a fancy iMovie but can be if you take time at home. Requirements: 1. You must use 8 pictures in the video. 2. You must answer all of the questions thoroughly. 3. You must have three sources (cite them with Easybib and have them at the end of the video. 4. Voice over is optional but most of that would have to be done outside of class. 5. It needs to be quick but correct and informative. 6. No needless facts like date of birth, parents names...or things like that. 7. There must be music but it must have non-copyright. 8. You must upload to Vimeo and embed on your Google Site. Be creative and collaborate! Stalin -What kind of ideology did Stalin follow? -Who did he kill to take power? -What were the ﬁve year plans? -What was Collectivization? -What were the Great Purges? -How many died under his rule?
Make a Google Spreadsheet of Responsibilities This is a group decision. When something is completed, turn it green. Insert it onto the Google Site
Make a Countdown To the Due Date of the Project Click on “More” at the top right of your site. Next, click “edit site layout”. Finally, click the + symbol and scroll down to “Countdown” then set the date it is due.
Embed a Google Calendar or screenshot of another calendar and set up due dates of progress Typical projects should not be more than 2 weeks long
Insert Google Docs and Google Presentation when they are completed Click the Edit icon of a pencil in the top right of the Google Site and then:
By clicking “Document” your latest work will appear so you can select it to go onto your Google Site. This is also true for your Google Presentation and Google Spreadsheet.
Timeline Using TimeToast www.timetoast.com
Let’s Go To a Live Google Site http://tinyurl.com/kwzlw89
Contact Information GeGe Drozen Resource Specialist Minarets High School www.minarets.us Email: firstname.lastname@example.org My Blog: http://spedtechbygege.blogspot.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/GeGeDrozen My Website: www.about.me/GeGeDrozen
Here is the link to this presentation: http://tinyurl.com/moudbmz
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