In my group project, we focused on how using technology can help the process of communication and collaboration in group work. When initially thinking about technology in the process of collaboration, one would picture a person on their phone or going through Facebook while other group members attempt to complete the project. After further thinking, we realized that technology can do the opposite. By using a Google Doc in the communication process, people can stay in touch with each other easier and collaborate more efficiently on one’s own time.
In my individual project, the newsletter, I focused on how technology can help teachers and parents communicate in a way they were never able to do prior to technology. In addition, I proposed that parents using technology can take a more active role in their child’s education by giving them the opportunity to propose their own ideas. With teachers not just communicating, but collaborating with other parents, new ideas will help keep education efficient. The three tools that I thought would best accomplish this was Dropbox, Skype, and my personal favorite Google Docs.
ITES standards states under the Communication and Collaboration section that students use technology to, “communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.” This standard is demonstrated in our Powtoon presentation where students collaborate from not in person, but over Google doc.