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IT Summit 2011
May 10, 2011, 6:20 pm
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Crowdsourcing, Collaboration, and Collaboratition

By Michael Wesch

Kansas State University



Classroom Ideas

1. Website or Youtube of the Week – Discuss, share, post

Youtube – post interview question on youtube and anyone can comment

Wiki – Research and readings

Large Class –

  1. Open Street Map :

– created real street maps for bike routes using Google Maps, or Open Street Maps, then had to have solutions, presentations, (with iphone you can use Mapzen

  1. Experts of the World – Different Groups – experts on different areas of the world – build up knowledge on the Wiki,create a simulation.
  2. Dance – Numa, Numa – group YouTube Dance
  3. Interview – post questions on Youtube and pass the link around, for people to answer the questions
  4. Wiki – Group Research project with class, looking up different areas. Produce a documentary on the information found. Anybody can edit the wiki to help give the right facts. Will be using aloot of tools, used, All RSS feeds would be updated to the students.
  5. During the research student have their own blog for their own space, and the teacher uses Yahoo to filter all the students information. For Bookmarks the students and teachers use diggo: sticky notes and talking about the sites they have found. Students create a trailer – for the project they are going to create – then the class takes all the trailers into one trailer to show how the research is all one project.  Used Google Docs, for stats and information that need to be shared. Students had to create their own research paper, then have their Main Idea – how do they all fit together. Each student then takes one of the points and creates a video, then all the students put their videos together for a collaborative project.
  6. Wiki – Group Readings on one topic sharing the readings they have found
  7. Artwork – bring artwork together, everyone creates on pieces of the puzzle then all the student put it together to make one master piece.
  8. Music – collaboration of one song

10. Video – Starwars



Collaboration Problems:

  1. Inadequate skills
  2. Gaming the system – not doing the job and creating something different

Lessons Learned:

  1. break project up into manageable units
  2. let everybody in on the final vision
  3. need adequate motivation/incentive

Students need to have passion and they need a purpose to do the project.

Where to start –

  1. use Google Docs and Wikis
  2. Post words you want the students to learn – students add to it
  3. Assessment – calibrated Peer Review – students grade essays,

IT Summit 2011 – Saskatoon May 9th & 10th
May 10, 2011, 4:48 pm
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Transforming Digital Storytelling with the infusion of 21st Century Skills

J. Bryers, j. Berthelot, J. Salikin

MicroBlogging: using Techy Teacher – allowing for 140 characters, they ask students to use their real names, be on topic, be respectful, and reflect on connections they have made. The students use the back channel to share information and help those that need more support. – they will have all the resources here for the next week. Place to talk through chat about the conference. If you need copy of the discussion they will safe them into a word documents.

The teacher has use to be the one with all the knowledge. Now we have smartboards, we need to focus on transforming the learning. Classroom are starting to look differently through pods and groups.

Polleverywhere – is a website that you use texting  or website to poll and vote on different things discussed in the classroom. You don’t type in the answer you just text in a number. This is a great way to get quick feedback .

You want students to transform their learning and become producers of their learning.  – All notes on this conference is found here.


Poems –

  • Students use their own written poems
  • Take their own pictures of nature
  • Make their own background music
  • Need to have preproduction of knowledge (poem writing)
  • Give student choice on what kind of poem they want to write


  • students give the facts
  • explain why they like this topic
  • make sure the students are not answering a yes or no question, that the question is critical thinking questions

Instead of playing with technology we need to think of how this is working and integrating with the curriculum.

Digital Story –  Debate, option on specific topic (ie Slavery)

  • why they think it is wrong
  • give proof
  • read out letters, videos for support
  • use of pictures, write script, students drawings
  • facts, letters, time-line
  • students view on what others can do to make a change
  • student voice and view
  • give credits at end
  • must use copyright free songs, video and images