Sending and Storing Student Work
Many communication programs make it very easy to organize
mail but it is important to set up procedures when many different people
will be working within the same account.
Some teachers find that it is best to have students compose
their work on the word processing program and then import the text to
the communication software after it is have been reviewed by a teacher
or group of students. This gives students access to more sophisticated
editing tools and usually a spell checker. Others teachers have students
prepare their writing within the communication software as spell checkers
are and formatting options have greatly improved in recent years.
You may find it productive to identify a mail disk or create
a mail folder in your communication program and have students save any
work that is ready to send to the Learning Circle. This will give you
a chance to see the mail that is ready to go out and keep track of what
your students are sending. At regular intervals, daily, bi-weekly, or
weekly, send the work to your Learning Circle conference. Once the work
is sent, you may want to move it to another folder for storage.
It is best to send work for each project in a separate message.
Your Circle facilitator may suggest that each project be a thread in the
conference structure to help organize
the interaction online. Please remind your students to include the following
information with each contribution to a Learning Circle project:
- Name of the project
- Name of author(s) or researchers
- Name of school and city.
When enclosing attachments, it is important to keep all
of this information for with files as they may be printed seperate from
the email message. Without the author's name and school name with each
contribution it can sometimes be difficult to determine which site provided
the information. When you publish your project in the Circle publication,
you will want to make sure that you include the location of contributing
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Copyright © 1997, 2002, Margaret