We always strive for our students to be critical thinkers, we want them to think outside the box. As a matter of fact, we want them to think beyond our classroom doors! We promote collaborative teaching among teachers, and we welcome it in our classrooms among our students. As you know, I am a fan of Edmodo, but I’ve recently learned about a new platform called Collaborize Classroom. A FREE online learning platform, yes, I used the “F” word.
I signed up for it, set up my classroom, and wondered what I was going to do with it. Then I saw an online demo, and I was hooked! I am really excited about implementing this when I return to school. What I love about it is that it gives you the ability to do what it says, collaborate. Encourage collaboration with the students in your room, another class, classes in another state, or around the world. You can embed any type of media on the site. You can assign work, projects,etc… and the students work together to produce results. Collaborize has also announced the addition of a Topic Library. They will have lessons already created by teachers, which makes our job a lot easier.
The coolest part for me was the discussion forum. You post questions, your students can vote and/or comment, they can even watch videos related to the topic, without leaving the site! You will get reports of the work each student is doing. Collaborize takes the results and creates a graph which is then shared with your students! And don’t worry about help, they have a wonderful support team who is willing to provide FREE professional development to teachers.
I won’t learn the full extent of what I can do with Collaborize Classroom until I return to work, but I’m looking forward to using it in my classroom!! ! Watch the video to get an understanding of exactly how it works!