Users of Blackboard Collaborate
Imagine a living, breathing, dynamic textbook that offers different assignments for each individual based on their learning styles, allows for student-created work to be posted and featured based on accuracy/creativity votes and having students all around the world discuss content and share resources in real time through an integration with Google's new social networking service Google +. Imagine all of this in a new dynamically changing interactive living 21st Century textbook ecosystem.
I would like to use the Blackboard/Collaborate platform as an engine to bring students and teachers around the world together to make this happen.
We must change the way that students support their learning outside the classroom. In the 21st Century, we now have the tools to revolutionize the homework and textbook experience. I would like to use We Collaborate as a platform for launching this pilot program to create an entirely new kind of textbook; one which caters to Gardner's multiple intelligences and students' learning styles. The major difference between the traditional textbook and the interactive learning textbook ecosystem that we will create using the Blackboard/Collaborate platform are the student centered assignments based on an individual's learning style, the ability for students to help create the content they will be learning and the real-time interaction with a global audience of students and teachers utilizing the "Hangouts" and "Huddles" featured in Google +.
Imagine watching a YouTube video on the World War II and discussing its significance with a student from Spain, Germany and France who are watching it with the student in real time. Imagine studying for a test on the Revolutionary War with a group of students from Great Britain, New York and California. The possibilities for learning are endless and appealing to students.
The Blackboard/Collaborate platform will serve as a launching pad to bring together revolutionary teachers and students who want to flip the current model of schooling and re-design the primary extracurricular form of learning: the textbook. As Tech & Learning's 2010 Educator Leader of the Year and a man who is driven by passion and the belief that everyone has untold and untapped ability for growth, I would like to bring together a global audience of teachers and students to make the Elastic Interactive Textbook a reality. Please join me in this cause.
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Great Neck South Middle School