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A sample Project for all new members of CoolHub to find out what's going on, how to interact, how to find and start projects.

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Welcome to CoolHub!

New members are invited to this Project as a place to start. You'll find valuable information about CoolHub, other projects and tools here. You'll have a chance to try out some of the tools, learn about how things work and explore ways you can use CoolHub to harness the power of collaborative innovation.

bucket of soda bottlesHere's a Bucket of Cool Things to Check Out:

  1. Read the CoolHub Blog and the Newbie News (on this page) to see the latest news submitted by members. CoolHub Blog
  2. Jot an introduction to the community, telling us who you are, what you do and even what project you'd like to see or start. New Members Forum
  3. Tour this Project. First Stop: Calendar of Events
  4. Read about Creating Effective Working Groups: Communities of Trust
  5. Explore available Projects. You may join any OPEN Project; you may request membership in any RESTRICTED Project. See Available Projects under My Project
  6. Start a New Project! Here are some ideas to get you started

what's next

What's next is for you to decide:

  1. Join an existing Project
  2. Start a new Project
  3. Invite others to CoolHub (to this Project or your new Project)
  4. Participate in CoolChats
  5. Explore HELP if you get stuck

at the computerIf you're new to CoolHub and want to tell others about your latest project--and invite collaborators--use this blog space!

New Member Blog

CoolChat August 15

parrot at keyboardcoolchat

Join us Wednesday, August 15, 4 pm, for the next in our series of CoolChats. This week the topic is Blogs: everything you need to know about blogging in CoolHub. The session will last about 30 minutes and be recorded if you cannot attend live.  If you are a Project owner, we'll show you the tools that pertain to blogging--one of the most powerful tools in the CoolHub toolbox.

Several projects that use blogs effectively will be showcased.

On August 15, 4 pm CDT, click here to join in.

ISTE 2012

We just returned from San Diego where we offered a Learning Center session on Global Collaboration Projects.  You may have stopped by our table and signed up for a CoolHub account. And now you're here!

Here's a link to see the video that was playing at our table: United Nations of Youth.

How to Get Started

Once your account has been created, either by invitation or submitting a request for membership, you will have access to all Open Projects in CoolHub.IMSA.  You may also find Restricted Projects which you may request permission to join--these projects are often collaborations by teams working with sensitive information.

Questions about the Account Creation Process? Click Here.

Read the CoolHub Blog to catch up on the latest news.  In particular, read Finding Your Way.

Explore the list of projects to find one that matches your interests. Click Join to get involved as an active participant. Merely observing what's going on is not the best way to use CoolHub.IMSA. Discover the rich potential of this place by sharing your perspectives and working with others on solutions to problems.

If you don't see a project here that interests you, start one that does. Make it an Open Project to attract collaborators. The tools to start a successful project are contained in the Members Area.

Projects often start this way: 

1. You have an idea to develop or problem to study/solve.
2. You describe what this is and use that in the Project description. You set some goals.
3. If there are interested individuals to invite to the project, invite them using the Invitiation Portlet that is part of every new Project.
4. You can blog about the project using the Project Blog. You can also use facebook, twitter, linked in, etc. to generate interest in finding others to work on the topic.
5. Use the tools in CoolHub to communicate and collaborate with others in the Project space.
6. Publish your progress, findings, decisions using Project tools such as blogs, wikis, shared documents, etc.

That's the general pattern. For specific help, get in touch with us at coolhub@imsa.edu.

 

There's virtually no limit to the types of projects that can thrive here. The purpose of CoolHub.IMSA is to re-imagine the way subjects and content are taught and learned. There is room to explore what it's like to work together regardless of traditional roles. You may be a 15-year old programmer who is working side-by-side with industry experts developing new approaches to online gaming. You may be a career researcher who wants to see how online communities evolve. You may be a parent who has an idea to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. These roles do not need to matter.

Educators may find many different uses for CoolHub.IMSA in their schools: as a hub for a classroom project, as a means to link classrooms around the globe, as a link between experts and students,  as a resource for home schooling, gifted education and differentiated learning.

Imagine the possibilities.

Explore Project Tools

One of the advantages of using CoolHub is that almost any tool you need can be incorporated in this collaborative space. Every new project comes with a standard set of tools which may be reduced or expanded, depending on the needs of the Project.  See the list below.

If you need other tools, we can bring them in. If you need help removing tools from your Project, there is help for that too!

CoolHub Tools

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