Created by: Group 42- Megan Lerch*,* Demetrius Lopez*,* Peter Standard*,* Jennifer Critser*,* Catherine Bowyer*,* Amanda Powers*,* Esther Wearmouth*,* Julianne Siderys*,* and Kim Wolff
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Web 2.0 Application
Skrbl was developed in 2006 by the privately owned company Ruveka. Ruveka, which is located in Irving, Texas, focuses on developing new Web 2.0 technologies.
Purpose of Skrbl
Skrbl is an easy to use share online whiteboard application that allows the user to draw, type, upload pictures, and share files. It allows users to express their imagination and let their imagination flow. Skrbl can be used personally, as a public sharing space, or can be used as a meeting whiteboard. It is free of charge to use and there is no downloading required and nothing to install. Skrbl is used by 445,000 people and they have created 141,000 Skrbl boards. There is however, a limit on how many photos a person is able to upload. There is a max of 2mb per file and 10mb of storage.
Here is a screen shot of the free Skrbl whiteboard:
How Skrbl Works
To access Skrbl, go to www.skrbl.com. From there, a person can click on, Start Skrbl Now for Free. This will lead the user to a Skrbl whiteboard. However, if a user wants, he or she can register for Skrbl. Registering allows for the user to share files with others.
This is the sign on page.
If using the free Skrbl application, a user can type on the whiteboard, draw pictures, and even upload pictures. They can save their whiteboards for later retrieval or even publish their whiteboard for others to view via the internet.
If the user decides to register, they can also others to see what the user has created on the whiteboard. This tool is great for collaboration. Once a user creates an account, he or she can set their whiteboard to private or public. A private Skrbl whiteboard allows users to have a place to keep notes, files or pictures that one wants to store online but not share. Several other viewing options can be created by the user. They can make their whiteboard password protected or make it visible to anyone on the internet. If they would like for others to see what they have developed, they can send others an e-mail, inviting them to their whiteboard. Those invited do not have to have registered to use Skrbl.
One of the newest editions to Skrbl is the team application. This edition is built around an enhanced whiteboard and has to new features to extend team collaboration. This is used just like the normal Skrbl, but users can browse the internet together and also have video conferences and is only open to the team members that are part of a specific group. This provides teams with a virtual meeting place and a place to express group ideas or goals. However, the Skrblteam edition costs about $10 a month, but currently the creators of Skrbl are evaluating the Teams page. There is no charge for the first month, and you can terminate your Skrbl page whenever without a fee.
Screen shot of Team Edition vs. Free Addition
Here is a variety of screen shots from the Skrbl Teams page:
The Dashboard application allows the team access to its resources. These resources may include files, pictures, and different tasks that can be uploaded to the whiteboard. You can also open previously saved Skrbl boards and add users to your team.
On this shareable whiteboard, team members can collaborate using the same board. Not only can team members collaborate via the whiteboard, but Team Skrbl also offers a video phone application. Members of a team can collaborate using this phone.
Another application available in Team Skrbl is the Bulletin Board. Here, team members can post reminders and notices for other team members to see.
Skrbl in Relation to Other Applications
You can embed some of the applications onto your own website. This allows users to keep everything in one place but also incorporate other applications.
When using the Skrbl whiteboard, you can import other documents from your computer, such as a file or picture. To do so, click on the File tab, and select what item you would like to upload on your Skrbl pad. You can then select that item, such as a picture or file, from your computer. The following is a screen shot of what your Skrbl pad would look like when selecting a file.
Another application that can be used along with Skrbl is Skrbl Graffiti. The Skrbl whiteboard allows you to embed a Graffiti board onto your Skrbl pad. When using the Graffiti application, others can interact with you on your Graffiti board.
Here is an example of the embedded application.
Check out Skrbl's graffiti board.
Unique Ways to Use Skrbl
There are also a variety of different applications that are available on Skrbl that will help an individual or teams stays organized and stay in touch. First is the Skrbl white board application. This works just like a real whiteboard and is a great way to brainstorm. Say that a group of people from a company are working on a project. However, they cannot be in the same room together. The whiteboard application allows you to write down and change ideas and at the same time allows other members to look at and contribute their ideas as well.
Another very handy application is called the Meeting Notes application. Within this application, a group and/or person can record observations, list items that need to be done, and assign specific tasks for people in their group. Since everybody is watching it, everyone can take their own notes at the same time and make corrections. This helps saves time and allows for few complications at the end.
Next is the clipboard application. With this particular application on Skrbl, one can write down telephone numbers, reminders, or something that you have to pencil into your agenda. You can even mark it as "private" so that way nobody else will be able to access the information.
Another application that Skrbl offers is called Graffiti. This fun application is where a person can use their imagination and create anything they want. Also, if you love what you have created that much and want to share it with the world, a person can embed it into their individual web pages at absolutely no cost.
Skrbl & Education: Lesson Plans
Learning About Planets
After students learn how to use Skrbl computer application and the different characteristics of each planet, they will be able to draw 6 planets so that they are distinguishable from the rest of the planets in shape, size, rings, and color.
2.1.6 Use tools to investigate, observe, measure, design, and build things.
A brief description of the planets or a photograph from a science book, Computer Access, Skrbl Application
Using Skrbl, have students "draw" the nine planets using the shapes on the tool panel. Students should try to adjust the sizes of each planet in relation to the others (i.e. Pluto should be the smallest). The students should then go back and add the special characteristics unique to each planet. For example, Mars should be red and have two moons above it. Mercury should have smaller circles on it to represent its craters. Each planet can then be labeled.
The students will complete a project and be able to draw the planets close enough to what the actual planet looks like, so that the planets attributes are distinguishable. Students will also show good communication with others when discussing others work on the Skrbl program.
Students will solve and give 5 number sentences each. Students will solve three number sentences and give three number sentences to another students correctly on the computer.
1.2.1 Show the meaning of addition (putting together, increasing) using objects.
Students will be evaluated on correct giving and solving of responses (3 of each) to get 100%.
Impressionism & Beyond
Students will show understanding of important facts about Impressionism, including artistic styles and techniques, by describing the style and technique of the Impressionist painting by posting it on Skrbl. Students will also show understanding by posting one comment to answer each of the discussion questions and responding to two other students comments. Comments must be at least three sentences and use proper grammar.
H.3 Students use appropriate terminology to analyze effectiveness of works of art based on established criteria. They utilize problem solving and critical inquiry in constructing insightful and well-supported interpretations.
Discovering the Arts: Impressionism and Beyond video, Computer with Internet access, Knowledge of how to use Skrbl
1. After watching the video, remind students that Impressionism was an artistic movement that began in Paris in the 1860s. For discussion in class, ask students to think about the paintings featured in the video and describe the typical style of these works. What did students notice about the palette and the brushstrokes? How was light important to the Impressionists? Would students describe these works as realistic? Why or why not?
Students will post picture and answer all questions on Skrbl. Students will also comment to discussion questions and respond to two other students comments on Skrbl.
Human Genome Project
Students will show they have learned the goals or the Human Genome Project (HGP) and the scientific and ethical implications of the HGP by using Skrbl to show their research findings on the whiteboard by including information and illustrations. They will also show this through a class discussion using Skrbl at the end of the lesson.
B.1.25 Explain that gene mutation in a cell can result in uncontrolled cell division, called cancer. Also know that exposure of cells to certain chemicals and radiation increases mutations and thus increases the chance of cancer.
Computer with internet access, know how to use Skrbl application, Newspapers, magazines, and other resources about the Human Genome Project
1. Begin the lesson by asking students what they know about genes. Explain to students what genes are made up of.
Students will provide 4 illustrations (drawing or picture) and provide 2 pages worth of information. Also students will answer the three discussion questions on Skrbl and respond to two other students' discussion answers. Students will use proper grammar and citation when appropriate for 100%.
Human Genome Project
As the students work through Homer's Odyssey they will be able to ask questions on skrbl.com see other students posting, add artwork and comment on the creations of their classmates
Students will be able to effectively research the history behind a given story and utilize creative outlets to tell the story in a new way
Students will work on this project in small groups to identify things about the story and important stops along the way
~Computer with internet access
As students read through the adventures of the Odyssey they will create a skribl.com white board where they can add pictures, drawings, text, or links to tell the story of the Odyssey in a new and different way, allowing them to create a scrapbook for Odysseus and his sailors of the journey they went on.
Students will be graded based on participation, their work on skrbl.com, as well as their interaction with other students sites and the appropriateness of their comments, and how they adjust their whiteboard and those of their classmates to reflect changes in the story. They will also have to objectively dissect another classmates site and grade it, this will be used to evaluate both students.
How to Make the World a Better Place: Research and Collaboration Project
After students learn how to use Skrbl computer application, they will research and present ideas on how to make the world a better place focusing on environmental issue in assigned groups.
1a-d. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Library, computer, and internet access.
Students will decide within their assigned groups on a topic. Research will be done in library first, and further information will be done on the internet. The students will collaborate through Skrbl for one or more hours outside of class to organize ideas. The students will then created another Skrbl session to present their research. Pictures, text, links, and one file will be included in the Skrbl site. The single file will be a document advertisment of their environmental issue and how to help make the world a better place. Skrbl will allow them to communticate instantly, exchange files and exchange research information.
The teacher will have given out URLs to each group, and will check progress and participation on Skrbl. The presentation of information on the second session will be the final evaulation.
Raising A Child: Single Parent vs. Two Parent
Students will show learning by typing an essay in MLA format debating having a child as a single parent and having a child when in a relationship or married to a significant other that lives in the same household.
CDP.3.3 Examine parenting roles, expectations, and responsibilities across the life span.
List of budgeted items needed to run a household, Paper, Computer with Internet access
1. Students review what is necessary to maintain a house with a family and alone as a single parent. When they act as a single parent they are given $800.00/month for a salary and they must include all living expenses for themselves and their child. When they are older and have a better job they are given $1500/month for three people: two adults and a child and figure out all the expenses for this family.
The more creative and accurate they are and the closest they are to the truth for all expenses the better grade they will receive. Students also need to respond twice to receive full credit for the Skrbl whiteboard discussion.
Business & Industry
For business partners to participate in financial meeting via the internet using Skrbl.
A small business firm will be able to collaborate via the internet through using Skrbl as a means to present information.
Computer, internet access
Before conducting the company's financial meeting, a participant of the company will create a financial report to present to a partner company that will be presented via Skrbl through the Team Skrbl Application. At the start of the meeting, the company will upload their document. This document can be uploaded and viewed by members who may be across the globe. Discussion about the financial report can take place through using the whiteboard, or through the video phone.
The following questions should be answered after completing the meeting:
Making A Whitepaper
For company associates to be able to plan a whitepaper.
Skrbl will allow associates to meet at their convenience, communicate with each other, and make numerous drafts of the whitepaper before completing it.
Computer with Internet access
Have company associates use Skrbl to outline and make drafts of the whitepaper by using different Skrbl tools. Such as: drawing, text box, inserting pictures, etc.
Did Skrbl provide enough tools to draft out the whitepaper?
Examples of Skrbl Being Used for Education
Skrbl can be used in many different ways to aid in education by allowing image uploading, different writing tools, and best of all, individuals can be on the same Skrbl session collaborating with one another. Skrbl allows students and teachers to use the Skrbl whiteboard at the same time during a Skrbl session. This way students and teachers can have discussions on certain topics and comment on posts other students have made. This would allow for students that may not speak up so much in class to feel more comfortable participating in activities. Skrbl can also be used by the teacher to conduct a lesson plan. Teachers can use the application on their computer and blow up their screen onto the bulletin board. This, for example, would allow an individual student to go up to the teacher's computer and answer a math question while other students watched the board.
- Example of how an 8th grade social studies teacher uses Skrbl
- Examples of Skrbl being used to teach students about maps
- Shows users how to log on to Skrbl, start a new Skrbl session, and how one class used Skrbl to collaborate
Skrbl Outside the US
In Australia, Skrbl is listed as a recommended technology for teachers in educational resource sites such as Education Queensland and EDNA. EDNA states Skbrl's usefulness as a brainstorming, drafting and note taking tool.
Given the online nature of Skrbl, its possibilities for use outside the US are very similar to how it is used inside the US, if not the same. It allows people to collaborate over distances and enables them to share ideas with people they cannot meet face-to-face with, in a whiteboard like environment.
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