How we organized The First Annual Poetry Summit:
Since we were from all different areas we used a number of tools to help us connect and organize:
- Google Docs: This is where we did most of our collaborations. All parties had access to the document and would put in information and questions etc. You can view our document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wZLLRIzpmUBGNq-3r8ZEJmdZ5uqkOvEtSOlToorSK40/edit
- Edmodo: We made a Edmodo group so that all of the students from the different schools could connect and backchannel. Some schools also had separate Edmodo groups for just the students who had a role in the summit. Edmodo is a great safe way, to communicate and share information with students. Using Edmodo also made it really easy to connect with all the students from all of the schools participating.
- Google Hangout: We used it not only for the event but those of us organizing the event also "hung out" a few times prior to the event. We did this as a way to meet, connect and answer any questions. Since not everyone could join in, having the ability to record the hangout was key because those who missed it had the ability to watch it at a later time.
- Padlet: Since we could not shareall of the great poems that our students were writing in the live event, we made a Padlet where the students could publish their work for the world to see. It was a great way to get all of the students involved in the event. It was also a good way to showcase their writing. Here is our padlet: http://padlet.com/wall/poetrysummit
- Smore: We needed a way to publicize the event and get the important information out to everyone. Smore does a great job doing just that! Here is the Smore: https://www.smore.com/9qf0
We also made up a twitter hashtag so that others could follow along #poetrysummit