I like the use of the Wallwisher as a synthesizing tool. I think it works well with students; I set one up last week as a summarizing activity for students after we discuss scientific literacy and what they think 21st century learning should look like in a chemistry class. It gives everyone a chance to put their ideas out there.
Wk 1-Synthesizing our discussions
One of the challenges of working in a collaborative context such as P2PU is finding ways to synthesis our contributions. By drawing together differing perspectives, experiences and ideas, we can refine our thinking and gain new insights into the role that eportfolios can play in professional development.
In creating this course, the organizers have used Google docs for brainstorming ideas, sharing comments, constructing activities and tasks and negotiating a shared understanding of the course purpose and structure. Google docs is a good tool for building collaborative engagement and facilitating synthesis. Other useful tools are:
1. Mindmapping tools eg Mindomo, Bubblus
3. Online noticeboards eg Wallwisher
4. MS Word - you can use the ready made symbols and shapes
Option 1: What other tools have you used to synthesis information and ideas? How effective were they?
Some great suggestions for group/individual synthesis - please add others too.
- Popplet and mindmeister for Mindmapping
- Lino, stixy, wallwisher for Noticeboards
- Trello and Asana
- Google docs
Option 2: Select a new tool and experiment with synthesising this weeks discussions. Share your synthesis with the group and tell us anything you have learnt in doing this activity.
Option 3: Using an online tool, create a collaborative experience in which some participants could jointly construct a shared synthesis. Use our P2PU group to experiment with your idea.