Crowdsourced Rockology with Blendspace and Thinglink

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A group 3rd graders have been working for several weeks on a project in Blendspace.  They are using this tool to combine their notes and photographs from class along with research and instructional videos they are finding online.  They are also creating their own pretests and post tests within the Blendspace lessons as well.

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Ms. Hicks, the Spectrum teacher, and I wanted their projects to be crowdsourced into one location so that an audience could easily access all of their lessons on rocks and minerals.  Crowdsourcing the Blendspace lessons would also make it efficient when sharing their work with one another for peer review as well as sharing with families.  There’s even potential to share this work with other schools who might use their content or offer feedback to improve the work even more.

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To crowdsource, we used Thinglink.  Ms. Hicks selected an image of rocks and minerals positioned in rows.  Then, she assigned students to the various rocks or minerals.  I uploaded the image to Thinkglink and made it unlisted.  Then, I allowed anyone to be able to edit it.

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Ms. Hicks emailed the link to the image to all of the students.  They went to their Blendspace lessons and selected all of the privacy permissions that they wanted to.  Then, they copied the link to their Blendspace lessons and connected them to the Thinglink image.  We did run into a problem with several students trying to edit the image at the same time, but as long as they kept retrying, they eventually were able to edit the image.

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Now, students are looking at the image to access all of the projects in their class. They are viewing the work and offering feedback to their peers.  Since the links are active, any changes they make to their Blendspace is automatically connected to the Thinglink.

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I love this way of getting student work out to an authentic audience and I invite you to take a look at their work.  Feel free to leave them a comment here on the blog.

2 thoughts on “Crowdsourced Rockology with Blendspace and Thinglink

  1. OK, I know you’re sharing this to showcase this technology and how to use it, but since my next book is A ROCK CAN BE… (March 1!), I am particularly excited to see all the cool ways your students are connecting with rocks! Notes, pictures, videos, quizzes…This is incredible. What a great way to share their work with each other and a larger audience. You guys rock! (Sorry. Could not resist that at all.)

    • plemmonsa says:

      Yes. What a great connection to your book! This was such a fun project that allowed students to explore and create in so many different ways. Can’t wait to connect!

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