1. The Progressive Story Project: My teaching partner, @missbartel, stumbled upon this project last year. Both our grade 5/6 classes participated with enthusiasm in the spring, and engagement levels were high throughout. The Progressive Story Project was developed by Karen Ditzler, an instructional technology specialist, from Pennsylvania USA. Groups of 5 classes, in schools around the world, work together to write a complete story. Here’s how the project works:
- The first class brainstorms and writes the intro paragraph(s).
- Then the next class reads the paragraph(s), brainstorms and decides how they want to continue the story.
- This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title.
- Classes can edit their section of the story on the Wiki.
- Once your class has finished the writing part, students can choose scenes to illustrate from their writing.
- Once all illustrations have been submitted, a VoiceThread is created of the entire story.
2. QuadBlogging: The primary goal of QuadBlogging is to increase the flow of traffic to a class blog or a number of student blogs in a particular class. The project creates opportunities for classes, in different school across the globe, to develop their blogging and commenting skills. If you are familiar with the Twitter hashtag #comment4kids, then QuadBlogging achieves a similar outcome but in a more formal way. Here’s how the project works:
- School A becomes the focus school for an entire school week
- Schools B, C, D spend the week visiting school A’s blog(s), leaving comments and interacting with the content of the blog(s)
- In the second week of the project, school B becomes the focus school
- Schools A, C, D spend the week visiting school B’s blog(s), leaving comments and interacting with the content of the blog(s)
- During the third week of the project, school C becomes the focus school for the week
- Schools A, B, D spend the week visiting school C’s blog(s), leaving comments and interacting with the content of the blog(s)
- The cycle continues until all schools have had the opportunity to be the focus school.