What are participatory notes

6. How can school development be made collaborative and participatory?

Video to get started

Collaboration and participation with open web tools

As explained in the introductory video, we will use tools to show how collaboration and participation can work in practice, e.g. in school development processes. First of all, CodiMD is a tool for collaborative notes; then with Flinga and a brainstorming tool. As a practical example, there is a video from Karlsruhe.

Collaborative notes with CodiMD

As the name already makes clear, a collaborative note is the joint recording of the contents and learning processes of an educational offer. The opposite would be for each person to take notes for themselves - or one person to write the transcript.

The prerequisite for a collaborative note-taking is that everyone involved has a technical device for taking notes and that there is access to the Internet. Often the smartphone is enough. The collaborative writing is technically implemented via a collaborative online writing environment. The classic software for this is the Etherpad, which we also use here in this course.

Instead of a classic Etherpad, I prefer the CodiMD software for collaborative notes, which, for example, can be used openly in the installation of the Open Knowledge Foundation. In contrast to the Etherpad, the Markdown-based writing environment offers significantly more formatting options. External content can also be easily integrated. CodiMD also has an integrated presentation mode.

In this screencast, the use of CodiMD is explained as a collaborative note

If you want to familiarize yourself more deeply and create really, really cool presentations (e.g. with cool giphys in the background), then take a look at this - somewhat more detailed - Webtalk recording instead:

Brainstorm with Flinga

While CodiMD counts on a collaborative note-taking, Flinga is wonderfully suitable for brainstorming and collecting topics / questions. In the context of school development processes, e.g. challenges, key questions, problems, ideas, etc. can be collected. What is special about Flinga is that the collected content can then be wonderfully exported and used further. In this screencast I will show you how you use Flinga in practice (and how you can also use the collected content) :;

Practical example: Red Salon at the Ernst Reuter Community School in Karlsruhe

Micha presented a great example of participatory and collaborative school development in his impulse for the #SchuleNeuDenken barcamp in June 2020 with the 'Red Salon' at his school. The “Red Salon” is a different kind of school development. Here, representatives from all committees (students, parents, teachers) and people from the neighborhood take part. In joint work and negotiation processes, visitors to the “Red Salon” develop solutions for complex issues from the school community. Through the participation of the various stakeholders, not only are all perspectives / points of view taken into account, but also innovative results are achieved together, which are usually a majority.


Now it's your turn!

😺 Get active on the net!

Above you got to know the CodiMD tool for collaborative notes. In order to get to know the tool better, your practical task in this learning unit is to create a small presentation with the tool and to be happy to share the link. You can choose a topic from this course for your presentation - or you can already create a practical template for a collaborative note at a conference at your school. As a reminder: You can use the tool openly in the installation of the Open Knowledge Foundation, for example.

💬 Learn with others!

Do you have any further ideas for the participatory design of teacher conferences? Would you like to deepen other aspects of this learning unit with others or ask questions. Use our Etherpad for this.

💡 Develop a strategy!

The task of strategy development is the same in every learning unit: Record for yourself what is important to you in terms of content for the school development processes from this learning unit. You can use the following key questions as a grid - and add to your notes in each learning unit. Of course, you are very welcome to keep your notepad online - and link it via our shared Etherpad (see section: Welcome).

  • Which low-threshold ideas have you discovered / come to mind that you can try out and implement directly at your school?
  • Which theoretical concepts / ideas do you find important as a basis?
  • Where do you still have unanswered questions? Why do you want to learn more and deepen your skills?
  • What are you planning to do in the medium to long term?