As I work toward proficiency in the NETS standard "Model Digital-Age Work and Learning," I am finding new ways
to "collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation" (NETS-T, 2008). I am collaborating with classmates on a problem based learning wiki site,
and I have also developed a wiki for students to use as they solve a problem.
I am coaching an Odyssey of the Mind team this year, and our team meets once each week to work on a long term problem. Their solution will be presented at a state tournament on March 25, leaving us with about twelve meetings in which to work together. Last year, without digital collaboration, we were very pressed for time. Therefore, I set up a wiki for this year's problem, where students can communicate and collaborate throughout the week. Online collaboration is no replacement for face time, but it is certainly enhancing this experience and allowing everyone to work on the project at their convenience. The students are very engaged and excited, and they are all participating from home in their spare time this year, instead of solely at our weekly meetings.
ISTE (2008). NETS for Teachers 2008: Standards. ISTE: online. Retrieved November 10, 2010 from http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers/nets-for-teachers-2008.aspx