WRITE ON DESK

Transition desks and tables into collaboration tools

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I offer a simple change I am implementing this year. I have glossy white contact paper that one can use dry erase on and have put it on my tables and desks. This turns the desk into a collaboration tool. Students can take a picture of the work product and upload it to google classroom from their smart phone. Another step to go paperless. 

Upon testing I found laying contact paper on the desk caused it to wear out to quickly. So I amended the practice and created rolls trimmed with duct tape. As I need them I roll them out and then put them away again. This worked very well.

Implementing the change this week was quite successful. Students had both a long piece which I call mat and a shorted mat. They loved moving and manipulating their information as well having a microfiber cloth to wipe and correct errors. Feedback given in their weekly reflection on Fridays indicated they wished to collaborate using the mats often. One student indicated that they liked not having to present the working progress to the whole class until it was completed. 

I suggested student take pictures of their work and upload it to Google classroom. I saw two students still arguing who was the murderer the next day citing their images of the mats on their phones. Facilitating physical to digital collaboration  seemed to happen. 

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Potential for Impact: Imagine this solution had near perfect implementation. To what extent would this solution bring about a culture of innovation within a school or classroom?

A lot! This solution would greatly bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 0%

Somewhat. This solution would somewhat bring about a culture of innovation in schools or classrooms. - 75%

Not much. This solution might help with other things, but I don't see it really bringing about a culture of innovation within schools or classrooms. - 25%

2. Feasibility and Fit: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: If this solution were available to me right now, I would be able to use it with relatively low investment. (i.e. money, time, or skills).

Strongly agree (this solution strongly aligns to my/my school's current capacities). - 50%

Agree. - 25%

Neutral. - 25%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would take a big lift in resources to pull off). - 0%

3. Adaptability: I could imagine this solution working well in a variety of school and classroom contexts across a diverse set of needs.

Absolutely! I could see this working for a variety of schools and classrooms with different or unique needs. - 75%

Somewhat. I could see this working for many schools and classrooms, but it might need some adjusting to fit a broad diversity of contexts. - 25%

Not a lot. This seems like it might be better suited to only a few contexts. - 0%

4. Scalability: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: This idea could be adopted by an ever-growing number of teachers or students without requiring significant changes.

Strongly agree (this solution could easily scale without any significant changes). - 50%

Agree. - 50%

Neutral. - 0%

Disagree. - 0%

Strongly disagree (this solution would require significant changes in order to properly scale). - 0%

5. Desirability: Do you wish this solution were available to you right now?

1 - Not a lot. There's not a big need for this right now and/or we use something already that fulfills a similar purpose in my school or classroom. - 0%

2 - 0%

3 - 50%

4 - 50%

5 - A lot! There's nothing like this already and I'd love to have it in my school or classroom. - 0%

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Activity and rolled collaboration mats worked especially well. Students took images of the mats and continued their arguments the next day. The students seem to move between collaboration physically and digitally easily.

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