Reflective students operate under a cycle of feedback. They plan their projects based on the expectation of the reviewer. At each step, they assess the creation of their project. After the official reviewer (the instructor) has given feedback, the reflective student decides whether to alter the project and go back through the cycle or head into a new cycle with a new project.
There are so many tools to use to collaborate with people in the “cloud.” Managing and delivering feedback is one type of collaboration. The premise is that different people need access to the same files from different places. The best way to accomplish this is to set up a virtual location that has permission for different people to access. Think of this as a file cabinet that a group uses without ever leaving their home!
There are innumerable types of “cloud” locations with which to collaborate. The one I have lots of experience with is Dropbox. I use Dropbox, a free service, to share files between computers. I have used this cloud location to share files with professors, peers, and with students. I have just started experimenting with Evernote. I have heard many good things about Evernote from peers I work with and from people in my learning network. I’m glad for the positive notes which gives me hope it will work well and tells me I have people to go to when I need help!
Every time I start using a new tool myself or with my students, I need some “break in” time to get the bugs worked out and students trained. I’m very comfortable using Dropbox. I think this would be an OK tool for students to use. After downloading Evernote, I think this would be a better cloud tool for collaboration and feedback. Evernote allows people to clip websites, add audio and video notes, type direct text files. These files can all be organized by named folders. I’ve already set up Evernote with folders for all of my students. Now it’s time to start filling folders with student artifacts. I have one folder that is a “library” of rubrics and other source materials shared with my students. Luckily, we have 1:1 laptops, so I have willing and able guinea pigs.
There are so many other “cloud” tools available for feedback. I use Edmodo to deliver and collect assignments. There is an easy to use comment section on Edmodo for individualized feedback. I created a how-to tutorial so that teachers could see how easy it is to collect data from students using the quiz feature of Edmodo. Voicethread is another interesting tool. I looked at Showme.com this week, too. Our district uses PowerTeacher to give grade feedback to students and families. This program gives teachers another way to communicate out information, but does not allow for incoming feedback. Don’t forget wikipages and googledocs!
Diary, you know I am working on a wiki page, which is a group effort. I remember my business days of groupwork… psychologist Bruce Tuckman describes stages groups go through before they can perform. I’m going to do my part and see if we can come together and work well. Who knows? These groupmates may wind up being valuable people in my learning network!
The learning network aspect of working in a global group is very interesting and helpful. Participating in twitter chats is much more helpful than I thought it would be. This week I decided to put more energy into the learning network by being more a giver than a taker. I made a short YouTube tutorial to help those out who needed to learn how to get their Diigo to post to their blog.