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Students: Want to Participate? Here's How...

Project types in the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative vary and so do the ways one can participate. This post explains how you can participate and how to begin participating. You can also read Project Central for a list of the current projects in the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. Each project begins by explaining how to participate in the project.

No Direct Participation
Some projects or posts are simply designed to present information, like this post, and offer no means for feedback, online review, or publication.

Commenting for Review
Some projects, such as Mrs. Glenn's students' upcoming Realia Museum, are designed to showcase exemplary student work. This type of project affords the reader the opportunity to comment about the work posted. We suggest comments be of a constructive, evaluative nature, highlighting strengths and areas of significant contribution as well as offering suggestions for enhancement and broader perspective.

Commenting for Peer Review
Some projects, such as Mrs. Abrams' Virtual Language Arts class, are designed to afford students the opportunity to post assignments and projects for review by their peers. In these projects, students may comment about their peers' work. These comments are generally required of the students by the teacher and must remained focused on the rubric the teacher gave to the students for the specific peer review assignment. Such assignments are deeply centered in critical thinking.

Publication for Questioning
Some projects, such as Mrs. Hartnett's upcoming Sixceed, 2006 writing project, offer the opportunity for participants to post questions. In this particular project, the parents of rising 6th graders will receive instructions on how to have their student log in to the project to post questions that will be answered in this project by Mrs. Hartnett's students under her supervision.

The Antarctica McMurdo Station Collaboration project is another example of students submitting questions for publication to and answers in the project. Here, participating students may submit questions to Mabry's Polar Education Coordinator at the McMurdo Antarctica Research Station working on the Ross Ice Shelf.

Publication of Work
Some projects, such as Mrs. Abrams' Virtual Language Arts class or Mrs. Miceli's Family Heritage Projects, allow students the opportunity to publish their assignments and special projects online. If your teacher has a project in the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative and you wish for your work to be considered for publication online, contact your teacher to discuss your interest.

Exemplary student writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is also published for peer review in such ongoing projects as The Shift Key and The Media Center. If you would like for your work to be considered for publication, simply download the pdf at this link, fill it out, have your parent(s) sign it, and take it to Mrs. Hendrix in the actual Media Center at Mabry. She will meet with you and your teacher to discuss your interest.

Ongoing Publication Versus A Published Project
Some projects allow the global learner to publish on an ongoing basis, for example: asking questions throughout the year of our scientist living and working in Antarctica. Other projects, such as The Shift Key, afford the global learner the opportunity to have a single (or multiple) projects published.

All Mabry students who wish to become online global publishers in an ongoing project simply submit a completed Request for Publication Rights to the front office. The form must be addressed to the teacher in charge of overseeing the project of interest. You may find out which teacher(s) is overseeing the project by visiting Project Central and reading the project descriptions. Once the form is completed, signed by your parent(s), and turned it at the front office, the teacher overseeing the project will contact you with your log in and password information.

If you are not a Mabry student and wish to participate as an online global publisher, you must have one of your teachers or school administrators contact our Instructional Lead Teacher, Mr. Chris Swanson. You can find additional information about that process at How to Participate. Anyone can comment at any time to the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative. Special permission is not required. Comments do not immediately appear in the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative as they are only published once approved.

We suggest you also read the Guidelines for Publishing and Commenting before getting started.