Sign up on Crowd and get your students to do the same. They’ll want to add their friends and they need to add you, too, so they can tag you in their writing.
Once they’re all connected, get them to check out ‘groups’ , which is where all the topics are waiting. It would be a good idea to let them test out Crowd in the Sandbox so they can see how it works and what they can do.
They can then have a look in the various groups for writing topics. Feel free to add your own writing topics, too.
Then, they can get writing. It’s always a good idea to let them start their writing on paper first, correcting and editing the traditional way and then putting their final draft onto Crowd, so that they get feedback on their best work. Also, encourage them to like and comment on the work of other students – that way the site becomes more enjoyable for everyone.
The site has got word filters in place to block the worst of it, but sometimes children say mean or silly things. They’ll be blocked if an administrator sees something deliberately unpleasant, or if they are reported for the same. To prevent this from happening, make sure your students know the standards you expect from them from the outset, and you can point them in the direction of some online safety tips if you feel they need them. We all want Tigerlearn Crowd to be a useful, safe and pleasant place for students to collaborate, so do your part your end, and ensure the children do theirs.