Norms 1 and 2

Norms 1 and 2

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Blog Post #9

Summary: Throughout chapter 9 it discussed 2 important norms which is Norm 1: Be prepared and Norm 2: Have a purpose. Many global educators start their journey unprepared and without a purpose, which are the 2 most important things that are needed!


Norm #1: Be Prepared

So many potentially excellent global collaborations fail because educators are not prepared, largely because they do not con what to prepare for” (Lindsay Pg. 145).

Actions to follow in order to be prepared:

  1. Use your PLN’s and PLC’s to find like-minded partners for global collaboration
  2. Determine what common tools you will use to connect and collaborate
  3. Test all tools beforehand to make sure you have access at all places
  4. Be aware of time zone and what is possible

Guided Questions to ask:

  1. “Is it clear who this global project is for?”
  2. “Is it clear how participants will join?”
  3. “Is it clear how participants will connect?”
  4. “What common tools will be used?”
  5. “What time zones will participants be working in?”

“For online collaboration to take place it is first essential that global partners be connected through tools that everyone can easily access and use” (Lindsay Pg. 147).

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Norm #2: Have a Purpose

“Every connection, communication, and eventual collaboration must have a purpose. Planning is the key to success!” (Lindsay Pg. 147).

Typical Purposes: 

  1. Cultural Exchange
    1. “Is the purpose of the project clear”
  2. Inquiry and exploration into a topic or topics
    1. “Is the length of the collaboration clear? Is it a set length or flexible?”
  3. Global project, short or long, curriculum-based
    1. “What are the shared inputs from participants?”
  4. Shared outcomes, Student Summit
    1. “What are the shared outcomes?”
  5. Artifact exchange and/or co-creation
    1. “Will there be artifact exchange? Will there be co-creation of outcomes?”

“Collaborating without a common purpose causes confusion and eventual abandonment frustration” (Lindsay Pg. 147).

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Google My Maps

Google My Maps 

Blog post #9

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What is Google My Maps?

  • “Google My Maps is a service launched by Google in April 2007 that enables users to create custom maps for personal use or sharing. Users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of google maps, using a WYSIWYG editor” (Wiki).

10 Reasons to use Google My Maps in the Classroom:

  • Rigor
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Students as Contributors
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Tranferring Data
  • Digital Literacy
  • ELA Read Non-Fiction
  • Make and Test Hypotheses
  • Cross-Curricular
  • It’s Fun!

Link: Attached is a link to a video demonstrating how to use google my maps!

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My Journey Through Blogging

My Journey Through Blogging!

Blog Post #7

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My Blogging Experience: Before taking the class Web Tools I actually had no idea what blogging was or how it even works. Until my professor introduced me to it is when I became in love with blogging. Throughout the weeks of blogging new stuff, I became more 1interested in keeping my blog website and using it for when I am a teacher!

What I like about Blogging: Some of the few things that Like about blogging is that you are able to post things on your website and other people from around the world are able to view them and comment on them. I think it is a unique way to learn different material. In the future when I become a teacher, one of the reasons I would like to blog is so that I can not only keep my students up to date with what we are doing in the classroom, but I can also keep the parents up to date as well.

5 Benefits of Blogging in the Classroom:

  • Blogging encourages Storytelling
  • Blogging encourages Research
  • Blogging encourages Analysis
  • Blogging promotes Interaction
  • Blogging promotes regular Writing

Why Your Students Should Blog: 6 Powerful Benefits

  • Blogging exercises student creativity
  • Regular Writing Sharpens the Brain’s Performance
  • Promote Expression of Self
  • Blogging Boosts Confidence
  • Improve Communication Skills
  • Earn Income

Blogging in the classroom: Below is a link about why it is beneficial to blog in the classroom

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