Collaborative Websites for Students

SharePoint PageWe continue use Microsoft SharePoint collaborative website (our fourth
year), and overall we’re still pleased. We have both public and private
sites, and authentication is simply handled through Active Directory.
We’ve also created a parents’ SharePoint server that is hosting sites
for the auction and other resources (again, password protected). This
is appreciated because it improves year-to-year transfer of information
and records.

I wrote an article about our SharePoint experiences and it is located at

http://www.oetc.org/sharepoint.html

We host dozens of these sites, and just today I learned of an
interesting twist. A seventh grade science teacher created
password-protected “sub sites” for her science research groups, and then
gave the kids full access to manage the sites. The 3 person teams are
using their sites to exchange documents, make to-do lists, discuss
research, and receive marked-up materials back from the teacher. One
team even used the site to create a survey for data collection.

I like the idea that the students are being given the tools to figure
out and use. SharePoints aren’t exactly the same for Windows and OS X,
but they are close enough. In this case, the students are all using
iBooks.

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