1. Elliot Soloway
  2. http://www.imlc.io/
  3. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
  4. Collabrify Suite of Apps
  5. http://imlc.io
  6. University of Michigan, University of North Texas
  1. Cathie Norris
  2. http://www.imlc.io/
  3. Regents Professor
  4. Collabrify Suite of Apps
  5. http://imlc.io
  6. University of North Texas
Public Discussion
  • Icon for: Pati Ruiz

    Pati Ruiz

    Facilitator
    May 17, 2016 | 10:58 a.m.

    What a great way for students to interact with one another as they think through new/difficult concepts! As I watched the video I wondered how the finished videos are shared. Also, how does this learning experience differ from using a shared computer/screen – one screen per group? Is there an added benefit to using one device per person?

    Another question I have is how do you group students? Have you had more success with a certain number of students per project?

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 09:39 a.m.

    Thank you! The video portrays the students accurately: when using the collabrified apps, the students are engaged. The benefit of EACH student having a device? Each student now has a voice, each student can add to the conversation – instead of the one person who has the keyboard controlling the conversation. Groupings? GOOOOOOOD question! Some teachers are very explicit about who works with whom; some are less concerned. I wish there was research to guide us here!!! Since the technology to do truly synchronous collaboration is relatively new, no surprise that there isn’t much research to guide educators on grouping issues. So, let’s do the research .. together!! Thank you, again, for your gooood question!

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    Pati Ruiz

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2016 | 09:42 a.m.

    Thanks for those answers! I am very curious about synchronous collaboration research!

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 20, 2016 | 09:29 a.m.

    I really, REALLY think NSF needs to have a full program focused on collaboration research… my strength is building software, not assessing its impact.. teams need to work on this issue!

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    Brian Drayton

    Co-Principal Investigator
    May 17, 2016 | 02:55 p.m.

    Looks very cool, and I remember the presentation done on MSPNet a few months ago.
    I’d be curious what issues the teachers have found in managing the flow of such classrooms. Have you found cases when it’s actually more productive for kids on a team to work solo for a while, and then come back together?
    What data are you taking on student and teacher experiences (I am less interested in achievement data than in narratives about growth/experimentation, challenges met, identified, and overcome (or avoided)!

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 09:42 a.m.

    YES!! While we have no systematic data, some teachers like solo work first then come together. We need research on collaboration strategies! Brian, I will be candid: we are not collecting narratives; no funding for that. YET! Care to write a proposal to NSF/Spencer/?. Thank you for your question — it hits home; we must must must figure out how to study these collabrified classrooms!

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    Jenna Marks

    Facilitator
    May 17, 2016 | 07:49 p.m.

    I had a similar reaction as Pati, regarding the added benefit of two screens versus the more “typical” collaborative work where two or more individuals work on one device. To me, the more exciting potential of this technology seems to be for both asychronous and synchronous collaboration between NON-co-located individuals. Have your students used this suite for asynchronous work?

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 09:45 a.m.

    Excellent point! We have not seen students using the apps in both sync and async modes… nor have we seen the students using the apps from home to work together. Technologically that non-co-located use is absolutely doable. We just need more experience with teachers and kids using the apps. Hint, Hint… Thank you, again, for your excellent questions!

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    Avron Barr

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2016 | 09:32 a.m.

    Thanks Elliot and Cathie. Nice video. Collaboration is an important feature of connected learning that is still under-explored. Where do you go from here? How do you find schools and teachers that are prepared for this kind of activity?

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 09:36 a.m.

    What’s next? ITERATE on the apps themselves.. making them more usable.. even by 1st/2nd graders!! AND, develop out the Blended Learning Platform – make it EASY for teachers to use our apps… Finding schools? HIT NAIL ON THE HEAD, Mr. Avron! I am talking, talking, talking everywhere I can.. spread the word: collaboration is the way to go.
    Might I inquire: what do you suggest we do to find schools??

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    Avron Barr

    Facilitator
    May 18, 2016 | 11:00 a.m.

    Fair enough, Elliot. I asked about how to find schools that could adopt the platform, but I know that is a huge problem for all ed tech innovators. Partly because there are so many new classroom-focused products for teachers and schools to choose from and absorb. Maybe Jenna’s point about non-co-located students could lead to an alternate marketing strategy: sell to students and let them build their own network of online collaborators.

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 01:38 p.m.

    YES!! Let students find fellow collaborators… Interestingly, about every week the number of users/downloaders from the Chrome Store DOUBLES for Collabrify Flipbook, our collabrified animation app. We are at about 500 users/downloaders… getting to the next order of magnitude… we are in the Chasm, as they say!! Thank you, Avron, for your support and suggestions!

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    Jane Strohm

    Engineering Curriculum Lead
    May 18, 2016 | 12:03 p.m.

    This looks like a nice platform for live and dynamic problem solving! What pre-work do you do about digital citizenship and appropriate use of technology?

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 01:40 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment, Jane. And good question. Right now, in the classrooms over which I have some influence, we do precious little about either topic. But, you have given me some interesting food for thought!! Thank you!

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    Jane Strohm

    Engineering Curriculum Lead
    May 19, 2016 | 08:44 p.m.

    I understand your conditions and know when you work with engaged students there’s little off-task or disruptive use. But especially if you plan to move into middle school classrooms, this will be important. One value of Google docs, for example, is the revision history so everyone knows who wrote or modified a drawing.

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 20, 2016 | 09:27 a.m.

    Good point, Jane.. we do NOT have a great deal of experience with using the tech… but we DO see, ahem, boys being destructive (e.g., erasing everything) – our software does enable easy restore, but I am taking your comment most seriously…thank you!

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    May Jadallah

    Associate Professor
    May 18, 2016 | 04:07 p.m.

    Children’s collaboration is exciting to see. How do teachers evaluate students’ growth and progress? What benefits do teachers see beyond what was shared in the video? Fascinating!

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 20, 2016 | 09:26 a.m.

    Thank you for your comment, May… and GOOOOOOD question.. like Mark’s comment below… what IS the value? how DO teachers assess collaboration? We are in early days, but your questions need to drive the next generation of research!

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    Mark Schlager

    Guest
    May 20, 2016 | 12:25 a.m.

    Good to see that after 20 years of push asynchronous learning models on K-12 education with no evidence of efficacy, we’ve finally rediscovered the value of synchronous interaction.

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    Elliot Soloway

    Presenter
    May 20, 2016 | 09:24 a.m.

    Thank you for your comment, Mark… efficacy? high bar, as you know… chortle, chortle… but, if not, then…then… we are indeed seeing value in SYNchronous collaboration… but we need to do some serious studies…

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    Nancy Gilby

    Guest
    May 24, 2016 | 11:57 a.m.

    Nice responses from the students, especially the highlighted quote of “building on each others work” !

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