For cross-classroom collaboration in knowledge-building, the teacher, in the Teacher Space, can add “buddy project connections” with other classrooms that are studying the same or related content areas, which may come from the same or a different school site. Students can then interact with peers from the buddy classrooms to view their inquiry areas/directions and Journey of Thinking and engage in cross-classroom Super Talk.
This section includes tutorials:
- How to browse buddy classrooms’ inquiry areas and idea threads?
- How to send an invitation to the buddy project?
- How to accept an invitation?
- How to disconnect from a buddy project?
- How to view other projects from the current view?
To browse other buddy classrooms’ projects, click enter to the “cross-project sharing space”. By clicking “Show wondering areas and idea threads”, you can view other classrooms’ wondering areas and idea threads. If you are interested in any idea thread topic, click on the idea thread, it will open that idea thread directly in a new tab. You can read the notes there in a view only mode.
To send an invitation to other buddy projects, click the menu expand button on the left corner in ITM. Select “teacher space”, and choose “cross-project connection”. Click “add” to view other projects, and select the project that you want to add, type in a short message, and then click “invite” to complete. A pop-up window will show up to remind you the invitation has been sent.
To accept an invitation, click the expand button on the left corner in ITM. Select “teacher space”, and choose “message center”. From the “buddy project invitation” column, you can view all invitations from other buddy projects. Click “accept” to build a connection with another project.
To disconnect from a buddy project, click the expand button on the left corner in ITM. Select “teacher space”, and choose “cross-classroom connection”. From the “buddy project invitation” column, you can view all invitations from other buddy projects. Click “Disconnect” to disconnect from another project.
To view other projects from the current view, Click the current project’s name in the left up corner to enter the project dashboard. All the projects will list up here. Click “Enter” button to enter and browse another project.