Hybrid Classroom & PBL
Does anyone know of any online collaborative tools that could be used to allow students to collaborate in a virtual/hybrid classroom? I am already familiar with online whiteboards, Google docs, collaborative presentations, blogs, and Glogster. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
I am currently teaching a cross-curricular course in a hybrid 1:1 classroom, and we are completely dependent on free collaborative tools. We have 50 students physically present at my school (Site A), and 50 students enrolled in our sister school (Site B); the World History & Environmental Science teacher facilitates instruction at Site A, and the English teacher facilitates instruction at Site B. Last year, we used Skype for audio/video communication and various other forms of disposable technology for student-student collaboration - being a PBL school, this was a bit challenging.
Of those tools, I would have to admit that Typewith.me was one of the most impressive pieces of disposable technology. Although basic, it allowed for students to be grouped heterogeneously across schools with ease – Unlike Google docs, the entire writing process was recorded, color coded, and required no usernames or passwords. It helped assess student participation in the writing process, and gave us the ability to provide meaningful feedback, in real time, via the chat feature.
Next year, it is our goal to make slight modifications to the blended curriculum & instructional design – primarily to the blending of the Earth & Environmental portion. Ultimately, I am most interested in any advice on tools and applications that would allow my students to collaborate on projects relating to GIS or geospatial data – maybe even using Google Sketch up?!?!?!