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DISCUSS, DECIDE, AND COLLABORATE IN A NEW WAY WITH Mural.ly

Hey guys, ever wanted to work on a project but you wanted to have pictures, document, videos, reference material etc., but you had to email it piece by piece.    Have you wanted to work on a collaborative project with a couple of people or have your students learn how to work in teams, make decisions and collaborate on a project.  Well your wait is over!  Mural.ly is the perfect tool.  Mural.ly is a big flexible canvas that allows you to collect and post anything so that you and your team can develop an idea/project.  This tool has so many options and it is great to teach decision-making, taking turns and working as a team. A team can work on the mural in real-time, from different computers, in different places, making changes and posting while working together.

I have used Mural.ly with my Taylor Techies groups of 12 students and they all had a good time with the tool.  They first had to pick a topic that they would enjoy collaborating on.  Some of the topics were, fashion, African-American Movies, and Basketball teams.  They were told to narrow down the topic and make a mural about their topic.  I had developed one on dogs as an example.  

One important point to note, as a teacher/counselor presenting the project, you will have to develop the murals first under your account and then get the invitation code and have your students join your murals.  If you don’t do this, you have no control over the murals as you are not a group member and can’t make changes. Each student will have to develop their own account with an email (which most schools are getting with Gmail) so that they will have a profile/screen name.  When you make changes or add items to the canvas there is a log kept on who made the changes.  I made 5 blank canvases first and then got the invitation link and posted the link on a wiki page that the students went to.  This way I didn’t have to email the link to each student.  They got in their groups, chose a group number, went to the wiki and clicked on the number link and the mural.ly page showed up on their computer.  Since they had joined mural.ly, they signed in and I discussed with them the dashboard commands for developing the murals.    It’s a really easy to learn tool and the students were using it without trouble in minutes.  It became one of their tools to use on their down time.  This tool can be used to make a canvas about cyber bullying  internet safety, learning emotions etc.. all while working together.

Check out one of the murals that were made by the students  http://mrl.li/VaIiLc

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Engaging reluctant talkers and develop non-threatening environments

Have you ever had a group where you knew someone had something to say but was reluctant to talk.  Are you having trouble getting that shy student to become engaged?  Well these web 2.0 tools may be of use to those students and  allow their voices be heard.  Click on the links or  photos below to learn more..  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Teacher Reviews New Student Participation App

TodaysMeet Create a room invite your students and begin to discuss.  You can use this to get feelings about a controversial subject, or express your ideas about a problem.

Read further for  TodaysMeet Advice    CHECK OUT TodaysMeet

Student Response Tool

I really like this one.  This is another student response system (there doesn’t seem like a fee) that has a game component built-in as one of the choices.  Present a topic such as bullying or cybersafety, make an interesting quiz, then use the answers in the game portion 🙂

The Cyber UnGame

Technology Meets the Un Game

One more GOOD one :0  This is the collaborize classroom.  When you look through the teacher resources you find great writing prompts with many ways to differentiate learning. You can add a short video clip, pdf documents, photos, word document ect.. This isn’t a grand stand production where the learning curve is timely. It is easy to set up and manage. For clinicians, you can use this tool for therapeutic conversation starters and evaluating students feelings about topics. A book club discussion group can easily be done on this site and best of all it is free (for now LOL ).

I am still a newbie at this blog thing, so I welcome any recommendations, advice or just plain old motivation.  🙂