Writing my way through the school year!

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!

Comments on: "Collaborize Classroom! Creating Critical Thinkers!" (6)

  1. Richard L. Cottingham said:

    I hope this ives up to your expectations. I often have become very excited about one program or another then found it just did not do what I expected. I sincerely hope this does not happen to you. Good Luck

    • I have been very lucky so far Richard! Last year it was Edmodo, which more than lived up to my expectations! I look forward to using Edmodo and Collaborize in the upcoming school year! Also, you have nothing to lose, it is free.:)

  2. Looking forward to playing around with it. Thanks for introducing me to it – I wore my tshirt today 🙂 Caren

  3. Lisa. It was great getting to meet you at ISTE! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog post about Collaborize Classroom. Being able to focus on bringing discussions that may be limited in the classroom, to an online environment where students can collaborate, truly allows each student to have a voice. I look forward to hearing more about how you use it in your classroom next semester!

    +Shana. (aka @ShanaatDS & @Collaborize)

  4. Interesting app. I think there are a lot of great tools out there and education will certainly benefit.
    I would like to add that many of these tools are largely teacher to student apps, which is fine for really young kids but isn’t sufficient for Junior and HS students. I would recommend looking at http://Enterthegroup.com a free tool which enables virtual classrooms, group project management and is a great tool for student and teacher collaboration and productivity.

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