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MSPnet Academy: Using the WeCollabrify Suite of Productivity Apps


Using the WeCollabrify Suite of Productivity Apps to Enable Synchronous Collaboration and Support Social Learning

Cathie Norris, Regents Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. USA
Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center:

Towards supporting social learning (learning from and with others) -- and towards supporting the development and use of the key 21st skill of collaborating and working productively and enjoyably with others, we -- the digital cobblers in the Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center -- have developed the WeCollabrify Suite of "collabrified" apps -- apps that enable two or more students, each student working on his/her own computational device, co-located or NOT co-located, to co-create or co-edit a text document (using WeCompose), a concept map (using WeMap), a KWL chart (using WeKWL), or a drawing or animation (using WeSKetch). Key is that the students can be talking full-tilt as they engage in synchronous collaboration, as they co-create or co-edit their artifact. In our webinar, then, we will demonstrate how the WeCollabrify Suite of Productivity Apps can be used by teachers and students to engage in synchronous collaboration and social learning.

(a) Expected audience: The tutorial is directed at classroom teachers from grades 1-8.
(b) Tentative list of activities: We will have two curricular lessons, one from English (aligned with CCSS) and one from school science (aligned with NGSS) as the core examples in the webinar. We will show how each of the collabrified tools can be used in those lessons.
(c) Take-away: After viewing the webinar, (1) a teacher will be able to decide whether using the WeCollabrify apps in her/his classroom would be beneficial for her/his students. (2) And, a teacher will know where to find resources on how to use the WeCollabrify apps.