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FACILITATING TEACHER PARTNERSHIPS FOR CROSS-CLASSROOM COLLABORATION

This research (dated 2008) was awarded the 2009 Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE) Thesis and Dissertation Recognition of Excellence Award. Below is the abstract and the full document! FACILITATING TEACHER PARTNERSHIPS FOR CROSS-CLASSROOM COLLABORATION Abstract Collaboration between classrooms, in a digital environment, was explored using the self-identifiers of connectivity, constructivism, and collaborative comforts to [...]

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Introducing TeachersConnecting.com

Introducing: TeachersConnecting.com (Welcome Video) Have you ever wanted to find a partner for collaboration between classrooms? Is there more to finding a collaboration partner then just your grade level, or geographic location? These are a few of the questions and concerns that I explored when creating this website. The website is the product of a [...]

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The Genesis of My Current Research Interests

It was June 2005, the last week of school before the summer holidays, and a heat wave had taken hold of the city. The computer lab on the second floor of the school was registering temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius and packed with my class of adolescent students. Instead of the usual comments, [...]

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Influences

Here are some books that have informed and built the foundation for my research and design process. Here are but a few in a visual bibliography (spine edition). There are several different clusters of thinking embedded within this stack: Drupal (the design platform), web usability, design and programing, and literature providing context. Some times a [...]

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Situated Research and Design

Context is important as it has influenced my research. This context includes the physical environment, tools used, and location. When writing or programming intensely I revert to the 180 degree of desktop space seen in the picture above. The pull out trays are enlarged on the right and left to allow easy access to research [...]

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Finding Projects

Finding projects on the site has been only accessible through a calendar interface. By exposing a view (recent projects created by buddies) there are now two options and a natural narrowing of projects as more are posted. Another small revision only shows people marked available for projects when looking for collaboration partners.  The finding projects [...]

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Tuning, Fine Tuning

The design research object, a website, is progressing quickly toward completion. The final development panel meeting has occurred. Several existing elements have been enhanced and tuned based on this feedback as well as the feedback from Josh McCormack, pro Drupal developer, and colleagues with ‘fresh eyes’ toward the site. The development process will slow down [...]

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Avatars & About

Visual elements and knowledge about the site have been enhanced. The following items have been improved: Adding the selectable user selectable avatars Page Revisiong: Front Page & About Page Adding the selectable user selectable avatars The Avatar Selection module was added. This allows for greater flexibility for users selecting or uploading their own photo or [...]

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I Need Your Help

My design research is focusing on cross classroom collaboration projects. So my question is this: What are the essential elements of a cross classroom collaboration project? Below you will see the fields that I have deemed to be important (the date range was cut off). What do you think? I welcome your comments. Bookmark on [...]

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Tuning & Tweaking

The website is being tweaked and tuned. There are no plans for new features. Instead time is being spent investigating how to streamline the existing site and the user’s path to several different sections. There are several important improvements: Signup Module Adjusted One Step Login Me Alias Additional Help Text Signup Module Adjusted In the [...]

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