Frequently asked questions

What is CAPspace?

CAPspace is a social networking tool for educational videoconferencing. The CAPspace website contains colleagues and schools interested in collaborative videoconferencing projects.

What is a collaborative videoconference project?

A collaborative videoconference project gives educators and their students an opportunity to learn with another school or classroom. These collaborative projects can be created and advertised to educators around the globe through the CAPspace website.

How much does it cost to join CAPspace?

There is no fee to create an account in CAPspace, posting collaborations, participating in the CAPspace signature event, Read Around the Planet, and some other events posted. Participation in TWICE Seasonal Collaborations requires a TWICE membership which has a fee. There is a cost for TWICE ASK programs but they do not require a TWICE membership (although a discount is given to TWICE members).

How will my account information be used?

CAPspace account information is not shared or disseminated.

Do I have to have certain equipment to participate in CAPspace?

CAPspace supports all brands of standards-based H.323 equipment which includes room systems, VC carts, desktop, Cloud and mobile solutions.

What is a collaboration?

A collaboration is a curricular lesson idea posted by a teacher in order to gain a partner class to share in the learning. Accounts in CAPspace register for a specific collaboration and then choose a partner from the list of other interested classes. The partner teachers agree on a day and time, the agenda for the connection, do a test call and then connect to discuss, present, and exchange ideas along with meeting another class in any part of the world.

Why collaborative projects?

  • Connect to the world outside your school and community
  • Engage students with others from diverse backgrounds
  • Give students an authentic audience
  • Develop skills needed for the globally connected workplace which is the norm today

What kind of collaborative projects can I do?

Your imagination is the only limit to the kind of collaborative connections you can do, but here are a few ideas:

  • Poetry slam
  • Debate/argument
  • Dialogs on social issues
  • Read to each other
  • Performances
  • Collaborative writing
  • Sharing culture/traditions
  • Joint problem solving
  • Joint data collection/analysis
  • Interviewing
  • Examination/analysis of public policy
  • Sharing research/science project
  • Joint service project
  • Older students teach younger
  • Geography guessing game
  • Sharing local history
  • Game shows
  • Foreign language practice

What kinds of events are offered in CAPspace?

There are 2 kinds of events in CAPspace:

Matching events

A matching event is collaborative connection and has a specific topic. A teacher registers for a certain day/time and a partner is matched for him/her. The two teachers share their lesson idea, plan an agenda, do a test call and connect their classes. Read Around the Planet is a reading exchange and the signature matching event in CAPspace. TWICE Seasonal events are matching events and require TWICE membership. Other matching events are also posted at times during the school year.

Other events

The other events have a limited number of classes that can participate, is interactive and usually involves the interview of an author or subject matter expert, themed lesson or professional development. TWICE ASK events have a cost.

What is TWICE?

TWICE, Two-Way Interactive Connections in Education, is Michigan’s K-12 videoconferencing organization, and a partner in CAPspace. TWICE was established in 2001 to support and promote collaborative connections for the benefit of all students.

Do I need to be a member of TWICE?

TWICE membership is optional. Benefits of joining TWICE:

  • TWICE offers ASK programs that are open to all accounts for a fee with a discounted price for TWICE members.
  • TWICE offers Seasonal Collaborations throughout the year that require TWICE membership to participate.
  • Discounts are given to TWICE members by some content providers. Check the TWICE Content Provider Resource page for that list and instructions on obtaining the discount.

How do I become a member of TWICE?

Download the Membership Form, Invoice for an ESA (Educational Service Agency) or Invoice for District/School, W-9 (if needed) and follow the instructions on each page. Forms are available here.

What is the ASK process?

Authors Specialist and Knowledge (ASK) Program provides students with the opportunity to interview an author or a subject specialist on the topic they are reading about in a novel. The program uses excellent children's literature, journal writing and interviewing to promote reading for understanding. The process encourages students to move beyond basic reading comprehension and get them to tie what they are reading to their own lives and experiences – self to text.

Find out more here.