Learning through Global Collaboration & Peer Review
January 8, 2006
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.

Guidelines for Publication and Commenting

We want the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative to maintain the highest standards of educational integrity.  Therefore, we suggest the following guidelines when publishing to the site as an author or when commenting:

  • Always use correct grammar, mechanics, and spelling.
  • Content should use standard language free of jargon, slang, or idioms and abbreviations commonly associate with online chat or instant messaging.
  • Published material and comments should be succinct and remain focused on the educational purpose of the project.
  • The tone of all material should promote intellectual inquiry in a respectful, empowering, and age-appropriate manner.
  • All content should be that of the author (or commenter) or should be given proper attribution.
  • No personally identifying or contact information should ever be included.

The principal at Mabry Middle School (and any of the principal's designees) may choose not to include or to remove previously published content or comments for any unspecified reason.  All content published at the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative is licensed under a non-commercial, attribution, share-alike Creative Commons License.  Publication and commenting to the collaborative indicates acceptance of these terms.

January 6, 2006
Worldwide Teacher Invitation: How to Participate

Mglc Project ProposalIf you are a certified teacher in the United States or abroad and would like to propose a project collaboration between your students and the students at Mabry Middle School, we invite you to submit you Project Proposal to our Instructional Lead Teacher, Mr. Chris Swanson. Simply clicking on the pdf icon to the left will download the Project Proposal form. Clicking on his name will launch your email application and address an email to his attention. Only teacher requests from an email address associated with an educational institution will be considered.

Collaborations are completely flexible. We invite creativity. Projects may be very short and simple or as complex and extended as the collaborating teachers agree upon. As we begin the Mabry Global Learning Collaborative, we would suggest specific, highly defined projects that can be completed in a short timeframe and can remain on our site for extended educational reference. We are eager for the collaboration between your students and Mabry's students to be richly rewarding and educationally empowering.

If you are a student outside of Mabry Middle School and are interested in participating in Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative, you should contact one of your teachers or school administrators and request that he or she contact Mr. Swanson at the email address above. Participating students must have one of their teachers, in addition to the project teacher at Mabry, overseeing their participation. Mr. Swanson will work with interested teachers not affiliated with Mabry to explain how this works. If you are a student attending Mabry Middle School and are interested in participating in Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative, you should contact one of your teachers at Mabry or see Mr. Swanson at school and request to be added in a special online project.

At Mabry, we are eager to leverage pervasive computing and connectivity to harness new ways of learning, to expand our students' learning experiences beyond the walls of our classrooms, to open our classrooms to the world. Our ultimate goal for this project is to nurture ambitious, creative, independent problem-solvers who will make the world a better place. We invite you to join us in that effort.

About Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative

The ultimate (long-range) goal of Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative is to provide our students with national and international collaborations that will facilitate broader awareness and understanding, the opportunity for world-wide student publication and peer-review, and meaningful opportunities for deeper, rigorous, meaningful and relevant academic learning experiences. The realization of this goal will require a significant amount of time and effort from our students and staff, but we believe it to be a noteworthy goal that will help our school attain our world-class ambitions and more deeply realize our mission to maximize student achievement in a culture of caring.

The projects presented in the Global Learning Collaborative may take several forms including: the publication of exemplary student work, the presentation of student research in on-going projects sponsored by Mabry teachers, a single project collaboration with a defined focus between a Mabry teacher's class and another teacher's class elsewhere in the world, student review of an author's work and the author's response to that review, virtual classroom courses, differentiated academic experiences for ambitious learners, and student collaborations with specialists in a field of study. Every project has a staff sponsor who defines the project, oversees the project, and pre-approves all content and comments before they are published to the Global Learning Collaborative. In other words, all interactions in the Global Learning Collaborative are first carefully screened by our Mabry teachers to help ensure a safe and productive learning environment focused on specific learning objectives.

Mglc Project ProposalIf you are a certified teacher in the United States or abroad and would like to propose a collaborative project between your students and the students at Mabry Middle School, we invite you to submit your Project Proposal to our Instructional Lead Teacher, Mr. Chris Swanson. Simply clicking on the pdf icon to the left will download the Project Proposal form. Clicking on his name will launch your email application and address an email to his attention. Only teacher requests from an email address associated with an educational institution will be considered. We suggest some simple guidelines here, additionally, you can see the types of projects currently in the collaborative for ideas.

If you are a student outside of Mabry Middle School and are interested in participating in Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative, you should contact one of your teachers or school administrators and request that he or she contact Mr. Swanson at the email address above. Participating students must have one of their own teachers or school administrators, in addition to the project teacher at Mabry, overseeing their participation in the Global Learning Collaborative. Mr. Swanson will work with interested teachers not affiliated with Mabry to explain how this works. If you are a student attending Mabry Middle School and are interested in participating in Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative, you should contact one of your teachers at Mabry or see Mr. Swanson at school and request to be added in a special online project.

At Mabry, we are eager to leverage pervasive computing and connectivity to harness new ways of learning, to expand our students' learning experiences beyond the walls of our classrooms, to open our classrooms to the world. Our ultimate goal for this project is to nurture ambitious, creative, independent problem-solvers who will make the world a better place. We invite you to join us in that effort.

Related posts you may find helpful:

  • How to Participate (This post provides a general overview for teachers and students outside of the Mabry learning community who wish to become part of the learning collaborative.)
  • Students: Want to Participate? Here's How... (This post provides more detailed instructions for students who may wish to publish to the learning collaborative.)
  • Project Central (This is a link to a comprehensive listing of the projects now active at the learning collaborative. Each project description includes contact information for participation.)
  • Guidelines for Publication and Commenting (This post is self explanatory but also includes important license information.)
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