1. Elliot Soloway
  2. http://www.imlc.io/
  3. Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
  5. University of Michigan, University of North Texas
  1. Cathie Norris
  2. http://www.imlc.io/
  3. Regents Professor
  5. University of North Texas

Collabrify Suite of Apps

NSF Awards: 1249312

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

As 1:1 becomes the new normal, and as networks become more robust, classrooms can finally move to places where dialogue, not monologue, is the preferred mode of communication. The Collabrify Suite of “collabrified” apps provides support for students as they engage in conversation while co-creating/co-editing a broad range of artifacts. Collabrify Writer (text editing), Collabrify Map (concept mapping), Collabrify KWL (KWL charting), Collabrify Flipbook (drawing and animating) all support two or more students, working together simultaneously on the same artifact, each on his or her own computing device. The collaborating students may be co-located or not co-located; in the latter case, students use Hangouts to support synchronous conversation. All the Collabrify apps are written in HTML5 and thus are device-agnostic: the apps run in all browsers on virtually all computing devices. The Collabrify apps have been expressly designed to support students in grades 1-8.

In our video, 6th grade students in science at Oxford Middle School (Oxford, MI) and 3rd grade students at Brick Elementary School (Lincolnville, MI) are shown using Collabrify Flipbook and Collabrify Writer, respectively. Over the next 2-3 years, it is easy to predict that all apps and all web pages will become “collabrified”; it is exciting that K-12 students, for once, can be in the vanguard in experiencing the benefits of cutting-edge technology.

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