Time: Approximately - One hour presentation, followed by
online activities. Students should be given at least a
week to complete the reading and postings.
Students will need access to the Internet and an email address.
Prerequisites: Experience using the Web
Implementation: The student activities in this RWLO can be used either in the
classroom or as an online lesson. The whole
class can contribute to one collaborative paper, or the class
can be broken down into smaller groups, perhaps by grade-level
or discipline they are interested in teaching. This
activity could be introduced in a lecture setting with one
presentation station connected to the Internet. Students
would need lab time to complete the assignment. They
could also be assigned to complete the assignment online at
home. (See Student Online Activities section
Prior to Lesson
Teacher will prepare Collaborative Writing environment.
For this RWLO, we will use Google Documents (formerly
Writely.com), a free and relatively easy Web-based tool
for creating and collaboratively editing documents online.
Tools such as Google Documents have features found in Wikis such
as collaborative editing and the ability to see (and revert to)
earlier versions; however since the scope of the sites and the
number of people who have permission to edit is someone smaller
and more contained, perhaps they could be called "Wee Wikis".
Google docs is just one of the many tools available. Links to others will be available in the Supplementary Resource section and
could be used; however links to instructions for setting up an
using Google docs is provided below.
- Take a
Tour of Google Docs.
- Sign in to (or Create) a
Google Account .
- Add a New Document - Type Collaborative Writing
Assignment (or something descriptive on the first line.
This will become the name of the document.
You might want to start the document with headings for
What is a Blog? - What is a Wiki? - Article
Reviews - Lesson Ideas
- Add students as Collaborators (email accounts)
- Additional assignment instructions can be included as
part of the email that will be sent to the Collaborators.
Present Introductory PowerPoint :
Collaborative Online Writing Tools:
Blogs and Wikis (Detailed lecture information
can be found in the Notes section of most slides.)
In-class discussion ideas: Has anyone
used either of these tools? Where you a reader or a writer?
What type of Wiki or Blog was it? Do you think this might
be an effective tool for classroom use?
Show examples of Educational Blogs and
Wikipedia See Student Course Material and show first first 2 examples
in each category.
Activities (These activities would best
be performed as an online, after-class assignment.
Students should be given at least a week to complete the
activity and be encourage to log on several times.
Because of the nature of the Collaborative writing tool, the
writing assignment does not have to be completed all at one
Students will review PowerPoint and
examples of a Wiki (Wikipedia) and Blogs
Students will choose two online articles
from a list of links provide on educational uses for Webblogs
and Wiki Web to read and evaluate.
Students will access the Collaborative
writing environment by using the link and login information they
received from the teacher by email.
The Group paper will consist of three
1, Group Definition of Wiki and Weblogs.
Everyone in the group will be able to read and edit the
definitions. This product and process will be in the format of a
Wiki. The teacher can read and review all versions
of the document
2. Each participant will provide a
hyperlink and post a short review (one paragraph each) of two
online articles: One on Weblogs in Education and the other on
Wikis. They will be provided an extensive list of links to
choose from so a variety of articles should be reviewed.
3. Each participant will provide an idea
for the use of one of these technologies in a lesson plan.
After the Lesson
The teacher can access the Collaborative
project and evaluate contributions by each member by reviewing
revisions by date. After reviewing and allowing
revisions if necessary, the teacher can easily publish the page
on the Web by clicking the Publish Tab in Google Docs.