Reflection: I took Rebecca's challenge and figured out how to embed a document -- which is somehow much more challenging than I believe it should be! Anway, I learned how to embed a document and it was well worth it. I also took her advice and added the download option underneath, and of course that's a wise thing to do because people can save or print it for themselves more easily that way. I also learned a lot about collaborating with my two wonderful teammates, about melding different styles and knowing when done is done! I appreciate Rebecca's thoughtful feedback and again find myself making executive decisions while thinking like a teacher!
I plan to use collaboration in my classes as opportunities for harmoniously working together but also as potential conflict resolution workshops. I have seen so many collaborative groups among children be unbalanced for one reason or another -- somebody dominates or doesn't do the work or speaks rudely. As a teacher I would definitely have a mini-lesson on conflict resolution before the groups start to work together so they would have some tools to troubleshoot - ! - any trouble that might arise. Then they truly could collaborate.
Tip Sheet - Skype
A Tip Sheet is a hopefully handy and helpful document that gives tips on how to do something; in our case it's something technological, like using Skype. Tamara Anderson and Tania Basten and I created a Skype Tip Sheet together. Nia and Tami covered opening a Skype account and using Skype to make group video calls, and I tackled Troubleshooting. What is the first part of that compound word? I even asked for it! And I did so because I'd had so much trouble with Skype in the past I figured I'd attempt to make others' experience of Skype easier. I hope it helps you or someone you know use Skype more easily and successfully, because Skyping with people sure can be a beautiful thing!