Communication, Collaboration and Participation

CCP PlayInterested in finding out more about how you can use collaborative and participatory approaches in the classroom? The resources below are great for those just starting out, or those wanting to enhance their powers of collaboration.

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QuadBlogging

Find other schools to for your learners to work with via blogging. Sign up at the QuadBlogging site to be matched with three other schools, then take it in turns to write posts and comment. A simple and effective way to develop communication skills and make connections.

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How Blogs, Social Media, and Video Games Improve Education

This paper from Darrell M. West of the Brookings Institution looks at the educational use of a range of collaborative technologies, including blogs, wikis, and video games (2012).

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Guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office: Education

Information for schools from the ICO.  Includes guidance on data management, Freedom of Information and use of biometric technologies.

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18 Interesting Ways to use a Wiki in the Classroom

One of the great crowd-sourced resources from Tom Barratt’s Interesting Ways… series – resources created by educators for educators. This one looks at some of the ways in which Wikis can be used to support teaching and learning activities.

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The Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest

Part of Edudemic’s The Teacher’s Guides to Technology and Learning resource set, this guide offers teachers advice and guidance on how to use Pinterest effectively within an educational setting (2013).

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Resources and Tools for Evaluation of Online Communities of Practice

This brief provides an overview of the purposes and goals of community evaluation, a look at basic community evaluation approaches and a summary of advanced community evaluation approaches (2011).

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The Digital Engagement Guide

Designed for public sector workers (rather than being school specific) this online guide houses a host of practical ideas and examples for using social media to engage online (2012).

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Futurelab: Developing the Home-School Relationship using Digital Technologies handbook

Key issues around home-school relationship, providing schools with a framework in which to consider how to support these relationships, and how to navigate the challenges afforded by the use of digital technologies (2010).

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Using Facebook to Engage Parents

Head Teacher Tom Rees’s reflections on using Facebook to engage the wider school community (2011).

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

7 Steps and a range of supporting resources to help get your school up and running with social media (2012).

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This page was last updated in September 2014. We welcome suggestions for our next review –  if you would like to contribute any Communication, Collaboration and Participation resources to this page please submit these via the comments, including a link and a short introductory paragraph.

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