Using Type With Me to work collaboratively with students
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts will be sharing practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom, picking out his weekly web wonders and offering advice and support in his regular Tech Blog
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts will be sharing practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom, picking out his weekly web wonders and offering advice and support in his regular Tech Blog.
Web Wonder Week #1 – Type With Me
Life in the 21st century is fast and as a teacher not only do you have to keep up to date with the latest technology but you also have to stay one step ahead of the kids. Hopefully this week’s web wonder Type With Me should help.
What is Type With Me
Type With Me allows teachers and students to work together on one web page. You can write and discuss in real time and save your discussions for later. It’s so easy to use: go to the website, give your new page a name, click on OK and you get your own page with its own unique web address. You can then share this web address with anybody you like. Each new person who joins is given their own colour to distinguish who is writing.
How to use Type With Me in the classroom
There are so many ways you can use typewith.me in the classroom; here are just a few suggestions,,,
1 At the start of a new topic, get students to write down what they already know as a way of reviewing their previous learning. You can share the URL then project the page at the front of the class and watch the students’ ideas appear in real time.
2 Or you could begin a lesson with students sharing ideas. You write the question on the page and then students write their initial thoughts and ideas.
3 During a lesson when you’re introducing new information, students could write down any questions they have so they don’t interrupt you. At the end of the lesson you answer the questions or use them to shape your plenary.
4 This tool can also be used as a more interesting way to complete homework, either individually or in small groups.
If you have a go at using typewith.me please leave a comment on this page letting us know what you did with it and what impact it had on learning in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech