Saturday, August 10, 2013

How can we work together to help each other???

***There are different ways we can do this.  There is the direct, kind of one-on-one contact.  Then there is the more general type of group interaction. We will briefly examine ways each can be accomplished. ***

One-On-One Collaboration:
This can start off as teacher-to-teacher interaction, where both teachers benefit. You can use this blog as a way to begin to make contact, no matter how experienced you are with online learning methods such as Blending and Flipping, you can learn more, and will benefit from getting and giving help. Be specific in developing a plan so you stay focused, and actually end up  accomplishing something.   It has been said that iron sharpens iron, meaning each of you can help the other develop more ability than you had before.

This collaboration can, but does not have to, develop into collaboration between the students of those teachers (A VERY cool and POWERFUL thing.)  The key is to pay strict attention to basic internet safety protocols, as well as the policies of whatever schools are involved.  If necessary, feed this student interaction through teacher accounts, but it STILL must be controlled by that teacher.  Some districts allow students outside their district to be granted access to the Learning Management System, such as Blackboard.  THIS will provide that safe environment. 

We will work together, within our group, to put members interested in this type of collaboration, in touch with each other. Stay tuned, and check back here for information on this.

Group Collaboration:
This can be quite easy, and need not take much time. It does not need to be anything more than reading the blogs posted here, especially the questions and ideas posted by your peers.  Then, think about it and make a comment on that post.  Everyone likes to feel that what is important to them matters, and you can honestly make that happen, and receive benefits yourself in the doing.  

The next step, of course, would be to make posts here yourself where you actually share your flipping and blending ideas and experiences.  This would be especially good if you felt motivated to make a complete post based on the question of another group member.  

General Guidelines.
Be Intentional; follow through; Follow through; Follow Through;
Do not express interest and willingness to collaborate unless you are committed to follow through. It isn't cool. ;  Find someone interested in this kind of learning and “listen” to them.; Be creative and have fun.  If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, no one will benefit; Follow required policies of your Administration. Remember, you like your job, and want to keep it.

Any specific questions??? Post a comment, and someone will respond.

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