Community of Collaborators

Today in EDU 586, students rotated around to several stations to try out some collaborative applications.  They took part in a couple of discussions related to these applications and the dialogue was pretty sweet.  Here is the page from the class wiki that they started with.  You can see one set of comments from the discussions on the page.  Here are some of themes that emerged from the discussions.

Edmodo (What are some issues that arise with online student collaboration?)
• Collaboration is beneficial, but some kids get by with doing little or no work
• Some students don’t have access beyond school
• Students might misuse or post inappropriate things

Wiki comments (Reaction to preview of Google Wave, a wiki discussion, and google friend connect)
• Google Wave generally viewed very favorably
• People liked the simplicity of the wiki commenting, but the access issue was raised again
• Don’t let comment boards/forums replace real conversation
• Google Friend Connect is very similar to Facebook  – most people thought this was a little too much info.

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