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21st Century Technology

Using the Internet for Collaboration and Communication

Students who learn to collaborate with other people from around the world will be best equipped to deal with the challenges of our increasingly interconnected world - challenges like AIDS, natural disasters, world hunger, and pollution. Below you will find a few tools schools in our programs can use to teach students to collaborate globally.

The important thing to remember when using the internet to collaborate is that anyone can do it. The proof is in this site. We would like to share with you a couple of resources we have found that help to make our programs international partnerships not only feasible, but interactive with a real-time schedule. Each of these resources can come for free or as you upgrade with a cost. The widespread usage around the internet though is due to the capabilities of their free versions.The below resources are just some of the many tools available for your use online and NC in the World does not promote one over the other. Each tool should be looked at and evaluated by you to determine which one or combination fits your goals and needs.

Please visit Bill Ferriter's In-Depth Technology page on Wikis and Voicethreads presented at the NC-Mexico Partners Workshop! On this page, you will also find example web conferences.

Synchronous Communications



Adobe Connect Pro

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Adobe Connect Pro Interface


With web conferencing, classrooms and teachers can easily connect in a secured environment to share documents, videos, or photos. Partners can utilize Voice over IP technology to discuss and collaborate across cultures. Students can tour the news websites, discuss academic subjects together, or work on projects together across cultures in breakout rooms, all under the supervision of their teacher. Learn more about the features of Adobe Connect Pro by visiting their website at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatconnectpro/features/enterprisecollaboration.html .

To schedule a demo session with CIU please contact Jessie Mendez at jmendez@northcarolina.edu

Skype

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype
Please visit the website for more information

"Skype (IPA: [skaɪp], rhymes with type) is a software program created by the entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Skype allows users to make telephone calls from their computer to other Skype users free of charge, or to landlines and cell phones for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer, short message service, video conferencing and its ability to circumvent firewalls.The Skype Group, acquired by eBay in September 2005, has headquarters in Luxembourg, with offices in London, Tallinn, Tartu, Prague[1] and San Jose, California. Skype experienced rapid growth in both popular usage and software development since the launch, both of its free and its paid services."

Video Conferences

Video conferences are great for class discussions. Even if your school doesn't have access to a high-end video conferencing facility on site, there's a good chance that one is close to you. Use this link to check for a site and to get contact information.

Time Zones

For synchronous communication, you can use this resource to find the current time at your partner school.

Asynchronous Communications



Voicethread

Upload pictures and then narrate them with your partner school.

Web Letters

Web conferences, as mentioned in the category under Elluminate above, can be used to collaborate live, but they can also be used to record and send "web letters" to your partner. You can conduct and record a web conference involving only your classroom, with messages and presentations for your partner school. A link to this recording can be emailed easily to your partner school.

Wikis

Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
Please visit the website for more information

"A wiki is a type of computer software that allows users to easily create, edit and link web pages. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, power community websites, and are increasingly being installed by businesses to provide affordable and effective Intranets or for use in Knowledge Management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work". One of the best-known wikis is Wikipedia."

Wikis in Plain English - YouTube video


Google Earth

Taken from http://earth.google.com
Please visit the website for more information

"Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
  • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you’ll zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings, or look up to explore the sky
  • Save and share your searches and favorites.

Since Google Earth was launched, users have been exploring our world and creating content overlays (KML files) to share their explorations with others. We're now highlighting user-created KML files each week in the new Google Earth Gallery. You can also choose to add the gallery's Google Gadget to your iGoogle page."

Gaggle

Taken from http://www.gaggle.net/about.html
Please visit the website for more information

"Gaggle is dedicated to providing safe email accounts for students. The tools we provide allow schools to finally feel secure when giving their students email access.

On the Gaggle Network teachers control what can be written and who can correspond with the students. Messages with inappropriate words are automatically re-routed to the teacher's account. This allows the teacher to decide whether or not the student gets to see the message.

The intent of Gaggle.Net is to give teachers and schools control. In addition to the built-in preferences that allow you to customize your Gaggle.Net account, we can also provide specialized services for your individual needs. Do you want to use your own domain name for your email addresses? Do you want to create your own custom login screen linked to your schools web site? These can be arranged. Your students can even have email addresses such as JoeyB@Spartan_High.com"

**Gaggle also features a blog service for students and teachers. You can link blogs to a wikispaces site to provide even more interaction between your students!

Animoto

Taken from http://www.animoto.com -> About Us

Animoto Productions is a bunch of techies and film/tv producers who decided to lock themselves in a room together and nerd out.

Their first release is Animoto, a web application that automatically generates professionally produced videos using their own patent-pending technology and high-end motion design. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Produced on a widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.

The heart of Animoto is its newly developed Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology that thinks like an actual director and editor. It analyzes and combines user-selected images and music with the same sophisticated post-production skills & techniques that are used in television and film.