Collaboration is sharing ideas. It is getting ideas from others, and refining them and making them work for you! It is working together to achieve a common goal. As I learned in college, Sharon Steele should be your new best friend, get it Share and Steal! I love to collaborate and to learn from others. in talking about collaboration with my classmates, someone mentioned that when we collaborate we need to have an open mind and a good attitude!
Wikis are one way that people collaborate as a collaborative tool. The video we watched in class, "Wikis in Plain English" referred to wikis to as "the new email!" Wikis are a great collaboration tool. I like that they can be edited and links can be added. I would love if my team would set up a wiki about what we need to cover and chat about a PLCs. Wikispaces is a good wiki to use. Like Chandra said, "hit the save button, or else everything is lost." Wikis don't need an email address. This is nice because so many students do not have email, so if you want to use this in class this is an option. Plus, it allows everyone to edit, and you can embed. Minus of wikis, they don't look too cute!
We talked about Dropbox as well. This is a great collaboration tool. This would be great thing for sharing files, and many things with the team. Do not delete the folder if you do not want to be part of it anymore. If you don't want to be part of it anymore, you can leave a folder and save any documents from it. We also checked out DROPitTOme, this is something that my students could easily do! This is a great thing if you are in the situation where you don't want to share a folder in Dropbox, you can just DROPitTOme, and not mess with my Dropbox.
We talked about GoogleDrive. This would be great, like Chandra mentioned, for team meeting notes. This is great because you can share folders from wherever. You could share sub plans, and a team member could edit them. You can edit a word document, a chart (excel like) and make graphs. There is also a scratchpad that is new, and very fun to use. All participants can edit the scratchpad at the same time. You can also make response forms, and gather data from them. This is a simple way to get results fast! I am going to send out a survey to see if my students feel like they are ready for testing. What a fun thing! In GoogleDrive you can also make presetnations. It is a lot like Keynote and PowerPoint, but with less features.
We also talked about Skype. This is the new PenPal idea with video conferencing. I love to Skype with my sister and friends that live in other states and countries. Skype is a great collaboration tool in the classroom as well. We are going to Skype someone cool in my class, an astronaut.