Three Ways to Boost Collaboration in Student Projects. The Importance of Preparing Students for Life After Graduation Through Collaborative Learning. Kathy Murphy, a seventh-grade math teacher in Worchester, MA, often has both students and parents question her about the value of her group work assignments. It’s only after presenting them with the challenge of explaining what they already know to a peer that they see the value of collaboration. “Even the kid who thinks they are the top student can learn something from the other students,” Murphy told Edutopia. Few problems in the real world are solved by a single individual, and teaching through collaboration in the classroom presents a number of benefits that will stay with students long after they graduate.
Researchers at Pearson teamed up with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning to lay out just what makes teaching students how to collaborate such a vital skill to learn. Students who learn how to productively work in a team setting not only strengthen communication, task management, and conflict resolution skills, but are more likely to thrive in the job market. 7 collaboration tools for the modern classroom. Technology can support students as they develop their collaboration skills. Here are 7 tools to help students build their collaboration skills in the classroom: 1.
Mural is an interactive message board tool that lets users add sticky notes to jot down ideas and organize thoughts and arrange ideas spatially. It supports multiple users with a simple invitation functionality, and it is compatible with YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare, Evernote and Google Drive. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Fran Siracusa, co-founder of and educational technologist for Calliope Global.
As citizens of the world, students in today's classrooms seek global contexts for learning. Opportunities for networked and international collaborations are bringing both the world to classrooms and classrooms to the world. With a focus on international standards of instruction, globally-minded programs inspire students to be curious through investigation and reflective in analysis of thought. These pathways lead to the development of cultural literacy by allowing students to examine issues of global significance through interconnected sharing of experience and exchange of ideas. Collaborative learning spaces empower students to work with each other and with students in classrooms of the world to assume multiple perspectives, explore alternative solutions, and thoughtfully solve problems. 1. 2. 3.
Video: Collaboration vs. Cooperative Learning - Inspired Instruction: Videos From the Teaching Channel. Collaborative Learning Spaces™ Laura Candler's Cooperative Learning Resources. What children can do together today, they can do alone tomorrow. ~ Lev Vygotsky, 1962 Cooperative learning is a powerful teaching strategy that's more than just a passing fad. Research has shown that when implemented properly, students in cooperative learning classrooms outperform their peers in traditional classrooms. The key is knowing how to implement the strategies to foster interaction while making sure all students are held accountable. Helpful Cooperative Learning Pages Featured Cooperative Learning Freebies Featured Cooperative Learning Resources Cooperative Learning Printables and Other Resources Dr.
The activity sheets and printables below are helpful if you already know how to use Cooperative Learning strategies. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers by Miriam Clifford This post has been updated from a 2011 post. There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”. Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google). But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing? Yes, those two were of course Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft. Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas.”
Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Many consider Vygotsky the father of “social learning”. 1. 2. Cooperative Learning | educationalresearchtechniques. Cooperative learning is a common term used in education. Many times, whenever people are working in groups, it is called cooperative learning. However, not just any group work can be called cooperative learning. Cooperative learning has distinct characteristics as we shall see and there is a clear process for using this teaching approach. Distinct Traits Task specialization is a key trait of cooperative learning. While working in groups, students provide feedback and encouragement to each other. Steps of Cooperative Learning The steps of cooperative learning are as follows Set a goal(s)OrganizeEvaluate the processMonitor performanceDebrief 1.
Setting goal(s) means telling the students what you expect. 2. With the goal in mind, it is now time to determine who will do what. Groups should also have students of varying ability. Communicating grading expectations assists students in understanding the quality they need to produce. 3. 4. 5. Like this: Like Loading... Related. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. The case for collaborative learning. Michael Moran , 16 Jun 2014 The way we design and structure training courses is in a state of flux as we move into the e-learning era and L&D professionals add “social” to the blend. Today a training course is likely to be a sophisticated, self-managed online programme and when we add a social element we enable a collaborative learning platform. Learning is most effective when students are encouraged to think and talk together, to discuss ideas, question, analyse and solve problems, without the mediation of a teacher. So ‘collaborative learning’ is an umbrella phrase covering a range of approaches involving input from students and tutor.
The model works really well where the learning can be integrated into working life because students value the input and recognise the importance of the issues and topics covered. Collaborative learning offers a system whereby students, at various performance levels, work together towards a common goal. Teamwork It’s better to be social. Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning. Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning. Students work collaboratively in many ways to reinforce learning at The College Preparatory School (right), such as working together outside (above) on geometry concepts they learned the previous day in the classroom. Credit: Zachary Fink Tips for downloading: PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program.
Collaborative Learning Resources At The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, student collaboration happens on a daily basis, from group-centered math assignments, to student-led discussions in English. English English classes at College Prep are conducted around a large, oval table called a Harkness Table. Student Teaching Days Math Back to Top Additional Resources and Videos from College Prep. Open Your Classroom Door to 'Be Better' Published Online: May 14, 2013 By Jessica Cuthbertson It's May. It's spring in Colorado. My 6th graders are starting to sound, smell, and act like ... 7th graders. Sunshine and storms trade places depending on the day, so outdoor recess is not a given.
Energy is high and motivation is a struggle. And yet, it's been a great week in room 214. I wasn't flying solo—I had backup. On Tuesday, Joe Dillon, the instructional coordinator for educational technology in Aurora Public Schools, supported me in my classroom. On Thursday, Lori Nazareno, teacher-in-residence with the Center for Teaching Quality, visited my classroom.
Neither visitor is my evaluator. The great poet Maya Angelou says, "Do the best you can until you know better. Becoming better teachers is easier than we sometimes think. How can we do this? • Start small. . • Get bigger. . • Leverage tools. Opening our doors, videotaping instruction, and sharing our practice can be scary. Web Only Back to Top. How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | Mediashift. In the three years that I’ve been building up Edutopia’s presence on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, I’ve noticed a significant shift in how our audience of education changemakers interact and collaborate. In particular, I’ve seen Twitter reinvent the way educators collaborate to create change in education. Twitter Transforms Educators Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn’t provide ongoing support.
Enter Twitter. Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate: Edcamps: Edcamps are “unconferences” for educators that are mostly promoted through Twitter and organized by people who’ve met on Twitter. Hashtags: Educators use a lot of hashtags. Global Collaboration Projects for Your Classroom - Global Learning. Are you ready to integrate technology into your classroom for the first time, just not sure where to begin? Or are you already using technology with your students, and you're ready to go deeper? Either way, the recommendation from Honor Moorman, Associate Director, Professional Development and Curriciulum, Asia Society, is the same. Use technology to engage students in a global collaboration project. by Honor Moorman As thought leaders like Chris Lehmann and Will Richardson often remind us, we need to do more than simply use technology to do what we've always done digitally.
We need to integrate technology in ways that engage students in new and meaningful opportunities for learning, collaborating, and creating. I can think of no better way to enrich students' learning with technology than by using it to facilitate a global collaboration. Global collaboration projects bring students together from different countries to work on a joint project.
Still not sure? Going Global-Tips And Tricks For Global Collaborations. I had a wonderful conversation recently on Twitter with a teacher from New Zealand that commented on a tweet about using Skype Classroom to go global. She mentioned how her students were going to Skype and talk to kids in Iowa. How awesome is that! I just love the fact that the world gets so much smaller when we use technology like that. There really are endless learning opportunities for students (and teachers as well). During the North African uprisings a high school teacher here in my district was struggling to get her students to understand the whys of those events. I took to Twitter and through some connections was put in touch with a teacher in southern Egypt. We knew it was important to connect the students to their content. You know it's important too. First, what tools will you need? That's a tough one to answer. You will also want a Skype account.
So, with the software and hardware out of the way we can focus in on where to find people and projects. Hashtags-Yep, Twitter. Creating Successful Collaborations. For the past five years I have collaborated with a playwright who works with my students as they write original plays. Each year, on the first day that she has been in the room with us, Kate and I stage a conflict about what should come next in the lesson. As students squirm uncomfortably in their seats and turn to each other with unbelieving eyes, Kate and I debate what makes the most sense to do next. The goal of the staged conflict is getting students to think about the crucial role of conflict in drama and playwriting.
We use our brief skit as a way to open up a larger conversation about the power of theater and the different elements of a play. Although we never feel that our acting is very convincing, we have been amazed to see and hear the intensity of student responses to these moments of classroom confusion and leadership uncertainty. The Right Mix I both actively pursue classroom collaborators and agonize about welcoming others to come work with my students. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. PBL Course Development: Collaboration Among Colleagues. Author Jayesh Rao collaborates with his AP Biology design team. Photo credit: Bill Palmer At Sammamish High School, we're developing and implementing a comprehensive problem-based learning program for all of our students.
Working closely with my peers during this process has become one of the highlights of my career as an educator. These last two years I've been granted (literally and figuratively) the space and time to exchange ideas, learn from others and feel the satisfaction of knowing that I grow as a professional with each exchange. I have two very different teacher collaboration experiences to relate. Stamina and Momentum Last year, my first experience with a PBL collaborative group was working with six teachers on an integrated biology/chemistry course.
This came at a price, however. Attachment and Agreement Another interesting thing about last year's collaboration was the fact that the design group had been formed the previous year (2010-11). Little and Big Pictures. The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration. Teaching Strategies Educators around the world are making a special effort to connect with one another around resources and collaborative opportunities during October, Connected Educator Month. It’s a time to share ideas, remember that there are others that think alike and find the inspiration to continue to do the tough work of experimenting with teaching strategies that stretch both learners and educators. A key theme this year is how to move from merely connecting with other educators into collaborations that push pedagogy and the education conversation forward. A panel of educators who’ve made this kind of connection and collaboration the center of their work discussed the challenges posed by the current American education system and helped present a dream for what truly collaborative learning could look like.
Through connection and collaboration teachers can start down a learning path that parallels the one they try to create for students. Related. Mind Maps for Planning, Collaboration and Assessment. How to Teach Math as a Social Activity. 12 Ways to Connect, Create, and Collaborate Using Google Hangouts. Deeper Learning: A Collaborative Classroom Is Key. Starting a New School Year: Nine Tips for Collaboration. Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding. News: Students Working Together, Succeed Together | December 5, 2012. The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas. Cooperative Learning Strategies. Cooperative Learning Teaching Strategies: Professional Development Resource. Collaborative Learning. Cooperative Learning Strategies. Eli80085. Four Collaborative Learning Strategies. Cooperative & Collaborative Learning. CL1 - More Information: What is Collaborative Learning? Collaborative Learning. Collaborative Learning Homepage. Cooperative and Collaborative Learning: Explanation.
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