one of my favorite tools for the classroom. Saves time, saves paper, builds community, helps students/teachers/parents stay organized. - post by Ellen Barnes
Parents do not have access to the class site, however a teacher could create a parent class, where assignments, announcements, etc. would be posted (simply choose more than one class in your posting settings for these items), but discussions and student posts would not appear on the parent page to retain privacy of student information. - post by Lisa Bradshaw
QikPad is a free online collaboration tool. Multiple users can instantly see text updates, character by character. Work together on documents, projects or code in real-time. One-click pad creation with no sign-up required.
Discussion design and facilitation has an indispensable role in online education and is dependent on the development of carefully crafted questions. Student satisfaction has been found to be highly correlated with interactions in the classroom (Kirby, 1999; Mazzolini, 2003). Barker (2001) identifies essential components of online education that are more of an art than a science: "communication strategies that underlie course-related online dialog and student discussions," and "the various learning tasks undertaken by students during a given course." Lim's (2004) challenge of "motivating learners with the right question" is the focus of this paper for developing the objectives, design and administration of discussion questions. Due to the length of this topic, this paper has been divided into three sections. Part II and III will be featured in upcoming editions of the DE Oracle.