Using Collaborative Web-Based Documents to Instantly
Collect and Analyze Whole-Class Data
Norman Herr, Mike Rivas, Brian Foley
Abstract: New collaborative web-based document technology provides the opportunity to instantly collect and analyze large sets of data from multiple lab groups and class sections with speed and accuracy. Teachers can learn to use tools like Google Docs & Sites to turn traditional science labs into student-centered inquiry. Computer Supported Collaborative Science (CSCS) helps teachers create a classroom environment that mirrors the collaborative environment of a professional scientific community. Teachers will create laboratory activities in which students analyze whole-class data using wikis and collaborative spreadsheets, and work with peers to reach consensus and produce collaborative reports on their conclusions. These activities help students gain an understanding that the scientific enterprise requires collaboration, independent verification, and peer review. In this workshop, participants are introduced to a range of collaborative web-based activities in which they collect and analyze data submitted by their colleagues.