Collaborate & Discuss

Terms of Service (TOS) -- be aware that students need to be 13 for some online sites   Example Terms of Use Statement:  “the Website is not intended for children under 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the Website—there are lots of other great web sites for you. Talk to your parents about what sites are appropriate for you.”

Teach reputation management With younger students, moderate comments. With older students, share self-monitoring strategies. With all students, discuss digital citizenship and the permanence of online data.  Getting Started:  Online Etiquette for Students

Collaboration and Discussion Resources

CorkboardMe  Share your corkboard’s unique address with teachers and students, so that multiple people can add notes at the same time. Add images to your corkboard by pasting a link. Comment in the chat area. No login required.  Online sticky board. Access your board from anywhere. Set email reminders of stickies with due dates.   Add files and collaborate with others.  50 Ways to Use Lino in the Classroom  Create a chat room to use during class as a "Back Channel."  A back channel is a way to have a conversation behind the scenes, or away from the main stage.  For example, while the whole class is watching a science video, students could post comments and questions in the chat. The teacher could see which students were paying attention and address questions without interrupting the video. Students who don't like to speak in class could still participate and share their ideas.

Google Docs  Use a Google Doc like an online chat room.  With a Google Doc you can see historical changes to the document in case of student misuse.  Students can also use Google Docs or Sites (this page is a Google Site) to create collaborative projects, presentations, and documents.

My Big Campus  Post discussion topics and encourage student feedback