Teaching Resource – Collaborize Classroom

I created this teaching resource for use in a year five classroom where many students are becoming online participants. The resource aims to make children aware of their online choices and how to handle adverse situations which may occur online.

Name of teaching resource

Collaborize Classroom – Ms Kneale’s Digital Citizenship Forum

Weblink

http://australianbackyard.collaborizeclassroom.com

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with?

This resource would suit students in Year Five and upwards. It could be too time consuming to log children of lower ages onto Collaborize Classroom. The discussion and computer skills of younger children may not be advanced enough to maintain a productive online discussion.

How should it be used?

For the resource to be most effective whole classes, year groups or schools should use this resource. It could even connect students internationally.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

The teacher can pose debates, topics or questions relating to any subject learning area using this resource.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

This resource is multifaceted, flexible and continuous making it a valuable classroom resource. Teachers can control topics, save results and create new topics which help construct and build on students prior discussions. It is also easy to embed video and web site links which allow students to easily navigate to web addresses.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

A weakness of the resource is plain font choice allowing for only minimal alteration resulting in bland headings for topics. It would also be more engaging if students could collaborate using audio tools too as this would reduce the boundary of poor typing skills for younger students or students with special needs.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

To further utilise this teaching resource I would engage the class in multi-classroom discussions and find a sister school who would take part once the students learnt to use the resource competently.

Reference

Democrasoft Inc. (2012). Collaborize Classroom logo [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.collaborizeclassroom.com/

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