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Student collaboration

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Video: Student collaboration

Inside the classroom, student-to-student academic discussion and collaboration is quickly becoming a necessity. Research shows that student-to-student interaction is highly effective at pushing mastery of content and reducing learning gaps among students. SharePoint gives you the educator. The ability to quickly set up student collaboration websites and release responsibility for information gathering back to the students. This can also be used as a performance based assessment of student learning. Here in my SharePoint main page, I'm going to go ahead and take a look at a student project website I've started setting up. This website has taken about 3 minutes to set up at this point.

Student collaboration

Inside the classroom, student-to-student academic discussion and collaboration is quickly becoming a necessity. Research shows that student-to-student interaction is highly effective at pushing mastery of content and reducing learning gaps among students. SharePoint gives you the educator. The ability to quickly set up student collaboration websites and release responsibility for information gathering back to the students. This can also be used as a performance based assessment of student learning. Here in my SharePoint main page, I'm going to go ahead and take a look at a student project website I've started setting up. This website has taken about 3 minutes to set up at this point.

The only think I've done to this website so far, is to switch out the SharePoint logo with our school's logo. And I've also changed the style of this website. This website is currently using the character style, which is one of the standard themes inside of SharePoint. The last two changes that I've done to make this website ready for student collaboration, is I've added a task list titled Due Dates, and I've also added a student Email box. To add things such as tasks, there's two ways to do it. From the Get started menu, I can either choose to quickly add a task. And here I can either add a task with a timeline, which I've already done, or I can add a calendar.

Or I can go to the Lists, Libraries, and other apps. And here's a variety of things I can add to the student website, including custom lists, our tasks which I currently have set up as due dates. I can have a document library if I need to share information with the students. I can add a picture library if that's appropriate. I can set up calendars to keep students on task. I can give them resources through links. I can also post announcements to their website. As the administrator of a SharePoint website, you have complete control over what happens on the site. You can even restrict to your students what access they have.

When I decide to add students to the website, which you can do by clicking on Share Your Site, I will put in the student email addresses, but then I'm going to come down to Show Options. I'm going to make them members that only can edit. I'm not going to give the students full control. Furthermore, if you have parent email lists, you can send the website to parents as a read only access, so the parents can keep up to date on what students are doing for their group project. Utilizing our Due Dates task list that I put together, this is the only section that's going to take a lot of teacher time. I'm going to go in and I'm going to create new task deadlines to keep students on task.

For example I could have Team Name Submitted By, and I could add a start and end date. I'm going to go ahead and choose to have a due date that would be next Friday, the 2nd. When it comes to assigning this, I can send it to the entire class or specific students. If it's a task that's fairly detailed, I can go in and change the percent complete to it. I can give a description to this task. I can indicate whether or not other tasks were required to be finished before doing this task. I can change its priority from high, low and normal. And I can even change it's status to in progress, completed, deferred, or waiting on someone else.

I'm going to go on and say that our students are in the progress of selecting their team name. And I'll go and click Save. Now, every single time a student accesses the website, they can quickly come over to the Due Dates, and they can see what's due and when. A few important things to note as you're helping students set up their website. Whenever a page is added, that page is going to display under the recent column in the left-hand tab. The reason that page shows up here is so that you can move it out of the recent column into whatever navigation you'd like, or choose not to have it appear in navigation. For example, from our home page, I'm going to go ahead and add Lists, Libraries and other applications.

And I'm going to choose to add a calendar that our students can type into as they edit their site. I'm going to call this calendar Presentation Dates, so that students can choose when they present their project. I'll click Create, and now under the Recent column, my calendar presentation dates shows up. So if I choose to edit links either in the top category or the bottom category, all I have to do now is grab that link, drag it to where I'd like it in my navigation, release it and click Save. So now I have presentation dates directly below due dates and available to my students.

As you take the time to move throughout a SharePoint site and figure out how best you can utilize this in your classroom. I recommend you make notes of how to perform the most basic tasks so you can also teach your students to do the same thing.

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  1. 2m 9s
    1. Welcome
      40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      26s
    3. Office at Orange Valley School
      36s
    4. What you should know before watching this course
      27s
  2. 1m 37s
    1. Exploring Office versions
      33s
    2. Using Office as an educator
      36s
    3. Using Office desktop and online applications
      28s
  3. 7m 24s
    1. Creating lesson plan templates
      3m 25s
    2. Adding form-field placeholders
      3m 59s
  4. 13m 11s
    1. Formatting headers and footers
      3m 9s
    2. Using AutoText
      2m 9s
    3. Writing math equations
      3m 34s
    4. Using charts and graphs
      4m 19s
  5. 13m 20s
    1. Using tables to create rubrics
      4m 21s
    2. Grading papers with Track Changes and Comments
      3m 49s
    3. Creating grade reports with mail merge
      5m 10s
  6. 4m 23s
    1. Challenge: Create a worksheet template with a dropdown menu
      49s
    2. Solution: Create a worksheet template with a dropdown menu
      3m 34s
  7. 40m 51s
    1. Creating a gradebook
      1m 3s
    2. Understanding cells
      2m 50s
    3. Creating the gradebook layout
      3m 29s
    4. Creating a dropdown list of assignment types
      3m 36s
    5. Writing the grade calculation functions
      5m 44s
    6. Using conditional formats
      5m 45s
    7. Setting the print area
      3m 17s
    8. Adding headers and footers
      2m 28s
    9. Adding list sorting
      2m 38s
    10. Freezing frames and cleaning up
      2m 43s
    11. Replicating sheets
      2m 0s
    12. Challenge: Write a conditional format
      58s
    13. Solution: Write a conditional format
      4m 20s
  8. 35m 28s
    1. Creating a PowerPoint presentation
      22s
    2. Selecting and modifying templates
      4m 1s
    3. Enhancing student engagement with animations
      6m 37s
    4. Utilizing transitions
      4m 42s
    5. Adding graphs and charts
      4m 17s
    6. Adding and configuring media
      4m 18s
    7. Creating handouts and posters
      4m 10s
    8. Configuring presentation settings
      3m 13s
    9. Challenge: Fade transitions to simulate animated graph elements
      37s
    10. Solution: Fade transitions to simulate animated graph elements
      3m 11s
  9. 8m 57s
    1. Adding a school email account and syncing to a remote calendar
      40s
    2. Setting up email accounts
      22s
    3. Creating calendars by class
      3m 2s
    4. Contact notes and groups
      2m 22s
    5. Challenge: Adding an online calendar
      47s
    6. Solution: Adding an online calendar
      1m 44s
  10. 13m 4s
    1. Creating centralized file storage
      3m 59s
    2. Creating a home-office-to-school workflow
      1m 13s
    3. Surveying students
      3m 59s
    4. Challenge: Create a shared phone log using a survey
      54s
    5. Solution: Create a shared phone log using a survey
      2m 59s
  11. 14m 32s
    1. Creating a class website
      31s
    2. Using SharePoint to share information
      42s
    3. Student collaboration
      3m 58s
    4. Teacher collaboration
      5m 21s
    5. Challenge: Add a grading rubric to a SharePoint student site
      49s
    6. Solution: Add a grading rubric to a SharePoint student site
      3m 11s
  12. 41s
    1. Next steps
      41s

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