Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book (words in bold for emphasis). Quoted in The future of writing is collaborative
The IDEA and the PEOPLE
We were approached by a class in Borneo Kinder Pris to write a story together. This integrates with our Language Arts focus on narrative fiction and our Unit of Inquiry, different ways to communicate ideas and feelings. We knew a little about the class as they are one of our tweet buddies. We have seen their blog and made gifts for them.
Both classes brain stormed ideas for setting and characters. The children shared their ideas on Twitter and the Google doc. These ideas for communication came from the children. Both classes connected with the setting of a grave yard. Both classes shared photographs and videos of their field trips to grave yards. In affect they took a virtual field trip across countries and cultures.
These blog post document the field trip in Japan and Borneo
The children have started to share plot ideas and the writing process has begun. My class are very aware of the other children. They want to take the other classes ideas and rework them. They want them to take our ideas and rewrite them.
We are writing as a class bouncing ideas off of each other. Collaboration begins in the classroom and moves beyond the walls.
This is the story so far…. to be continued