Community Matrix

Reflections and Updates: After careful consideration, I am not overly concerned that students will be overwhelmed by these tools. They will be introduced slowly, each tool building on the ideas presented in the module. This course takes place over a full semester of high school, which equates to about 5 months. I chose tools that are relatively easy to use, and that students have free access to. In fact, as I am reworking the course, I have actually added to the list! ( and MindMeister) Tutorials and tips will be provided for any tool that requires it, and I am confident students will navigate the different tools just fine.
Providing various ways for students to interact with each other, the content and myself will help to build a sense of community. Some tools some students will like, some others will like, and hopefully, with a variety of tools, each learner will find a way to interact with the course that best fits their needs.
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Blog/Journal Learner-Content Students will use either a Blog or a journal document housed in Google Drive to create journal/reflective entries about what is learned in each module. 
Course Pages Learner-Content Course pages will contain introduction to the information and ideas students will be interacting with throughout the modules. 
Discussion Boards Leaner-Content, Learner-Learner Learners will interact with each other and course content as they create responses to discussion prompts and each other in each module. 
Email Learner-Instructor Email will be one method that students can use to connect with the instructor for questions, concerns and feedback. 
Google Drive Learner-Learner, Learner-Content Google Drive will be used for both individual and group projects. Tools include Documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets and Drawings.  
Google Hangouts Learner-Instructor, Learner-Learner Google Hangouts will be one method that students can use to connect with the instructor for questions, concerns and feedback. It will also be used by students as they work on group projects. 
Grade Book Learner-Instructor Student feedback on assignments will be housed in the LMS gradebook. 
Library Databases Learner-Content Students will be using the Library Databases to find and evaluate information for various assignments and projects. 
MindMeister Learner-Content Students will use MindMeister to create thinking maps as they brainstorm topics throughout the course. This tool will help them to create visual representations as they plan out their research.  
MoveNote Learner-Instructor-Content MoveNote is an app that can be connected to Google Drive which allows the user to have a presentation on one side of the screen, and video of the presenter on the other. It will be used by the instructor to create video "lecture" to introduce new concepts and ideas in each module. 
OPALS Library Catalog Learner-Content Students will be using the Library Catalog to find information resources for various projects. 
Schoology Learn-Content, Learner-Learner, Learner-Instructor Schoology is the LMS where we house Online Courses in my district. It is free to use, but also available in a paid version with more bells and whistles. 
Text Messages Learner-Instructor Text messages will be one method that students can use to connect with the instructor for questions, concerns and feedback. Learner-Content is a tool that allows learners to take notes while they watch videos on the internet. This tool will be used when they learn about taking notes, as well as in their final research projects. is easily connected to Google Drive, and is easy to use. 
WeVideo Learner-Content WeVideo is a video editing app that can be added to Google Drive. Students will use this to create videos as one of their projects. 
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