Communication and Collaboration– Day 6

How was your long weekend?  I hope you spend some time working on your social media project already. Today we are going to watch your infomercial together.  Again, we will choose the best 3 to 5 and the producers can win late passes.  I know some of you have encountered technical issues.  Therefore, if you want to re-demonstrate your commercial when you are ready in order to win the late pass, you can still do it.

However, before we start watching your infomercials, I want to show you this video about social media. Try to think how social media have already influenced your life in a powerful way and how much it will influence your future life as well.  That’s why I really want you to seriously think about the goals that you want to achieve.  These social media are like your digital track for others to find you in the future. Thus, be CAREFUL!


A professor just posted this infomercial in our FB group.  I think it can be a great introduction for our infomercial presentation.  It’s a new tech tool called Poken.  It really made me want to buy one!


Now, let’s take a look at everyone’s infomercial.


Group 1: Communication with Parents

Choice #1
Here is an interesting research paper showing an example of parent and teacher communication.  After reading this article, write a review and how you think this paper helps you or not in your future career. Develop a plan for using technology to communicate with parents.

Choice #2
Explore this interesting website and this review. Both authors explored several tools that can help teacher-parent communication.  After browsing the complete website and reading the review, tell me how you think about the tools and choose two tools that you think you will use in your classroom and how you are going to use it to communicate with parents.

Choice #3
Read this article.  Does this article help you understand more about parent-teacher communication?  Do you think it is a challenging task to communicate with parents?  How do you think about the parent role and the teacher role?  Do you think this theoretical framework will work?  Based on the theoretical framework, develop a plan for using technology to communicate with parents.

Group 2: Communication with Other Teachers

Watch this video, read this article, and this teacher’s blog post.  Then tell me how you think about teacher collaboration and how you are going to collaborate with other teachers in the future.  Write a short lesson plan as an example.

Group 3: Communication with Library Media Specialists

Read this article (you need the library Galileo password which you can find on the webpage of the UGA library).  Do you know about school library media specialists before?  Have you ever met one?  How do you think that you can possibly work with them in the future?  Except for your review and feedback to this article, you should also include a short lesson plan that you want to work with library media specialists.

Group 4: Communication with the World

Read this article and this article with a video clip embedded.  Think about how you can help your students or yourself to communicate with other learners and teachers around the world.  The second one may not be a good enough example; however, the assistive technology helps special education children broaden their horizon and connect to others.  It is an important way for children of special needs to learn how to communicate and collaborate with others.  After reading these two items, tell me your thoughts and write a short plan that you are going to use to help yourself and your students to communicate with others around the world.

Group 5: Lesson Planning (Think Like a Teacher, TLAT Project)

Identify a Georgia Performance Standard for your subject area/grade level that requires students to communicate and/or collaborate. Create a lesson plan that provides students with the opportunity to use technology to support learning your selected GPS Standard. Here is the writing guide.  Please download it as a Word document and then edit it.  Don’t send me the Google Doc link.



  • keep reading the document you choose.


  • browse the five categories about communication and collaboration listed above and choose one category to work on.


  • choose one classmate’s photo blog and leave a comment on his/ her learning story and a comment on her reflection on Chapter 1.

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