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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.

The Importance of Preparing Students for Life After Graduation Through Collaborative Learning

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. 7 collaboration tools for the modern classroom. Technology can support students as they develop their collaboration skills.

7 collaboration tools for the modern classroom

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. 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.

Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World

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.

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.

Laura Candler's Cooperative Learning Resources

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.

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”. Educationalresearchtechniques. Cooperative learning is a common term used in education.

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Many times, whenever people are working in groups, it is called cooperative learning. However, not just any group work can be called cooperative learning. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. The case for collaborative learning. Michael Moran , 16 Jun 2014.

The case for collaborative learning

Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning. Educators from The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, have provided these resources and tools for collaborative learning.

Resources and Downloads 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. Open Your Classroom Door to 'Be Better' Published Online: May 14, 2013 By Jessica Cuthbertson It's May.

Open Your Classroom Door to 'Be Better'

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. And yet, it's been a great week in room 214. How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators. 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.

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Mind Maps for Planning, Collaboration and Assessment. Last January I wrote about my students’ favorite brainstorming tool, Bubbl.us. Over the year though, a couple other excellent mind map applications have “bubbled up”. Mind mapping tools give students the opportunity to gather and manage information.

They are great as a pre-writing tool, a place to gather research, or a means of formative assessment. Students can add images, video, and links to their notes. How to Teach Math as a Social Activity. Chris: Oftentimes we have private think time before we share our visual models in math, Matthew. Narrator: Chris Opitz is a master teacher at Bowman Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska. 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. Late August or early September is a make-it-or-break-it time for educators. Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding. News: Students Working Together, Succeed Together.

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas. NOTE: You might also be interested in My Best Posts On The Basics Of Small Groups In The Classroom You might also find my Education Week Teacher post, Response: Do’s and Don’ts for Better Project-Based Learning, useful. I’m now working on my third book, which is focused on instructional and classroom management strategies geared towards developing student autonomy and personal responsibility (as opposed to student obedience or student rebellion).

Eye On Education is planning on publishing it in early 2011 — assuming I meet my deadlines I’ll be writing a post soon inviting reader contributions to the book, too. One of the strategies I’ll be writing about is cooperative learning. Cooperative Learning Strategies. Cooperative Learning Teaching Strategies: Professional Development Resource. Collaborative Learning. According to Webster's Dictionary, a community is "any group living in the same area or having interests, work, etc. in common.

" While communities have existed since the beginning of humankind, the growing interest around the concept today is largely a result of the breakdown of the geographic assumption underlying this simple definition. Most communities - whether online or off - share a number of qualities and characteristics: they are held together by distinct operating norms; members are distinguished by their formal and informal roles; trust must be built to ensure quality interactions; and a shared sense of purpose serves as the glue that bonds the community together.

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Cooperative and Collaborative Learning: Explanation. JTE v7n1 - Collaborative Learning Enhances Critical Thinking. Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning. Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding. Research Supports Collaborative Learning. Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning. How Collaborative Learning Leads to Student Success.