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. 

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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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