Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding Steve Chabon: Here at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, collaborative learning is one of the most important ways our students learn and grow. Harrison: In math we work in groups every day, asking each other questions before we ask the teacher. Maya: In English, we lead our own round table discussions to deepen our understanding of the books we read. David Markus: College Prep is one of the top private high schools in the country and a terrific model for collaborative learning. The good news, their practices are both replicable and affordable. Take a look at what they do for their students. Monique DeVane: College Prep School is a fifty-two year old school. The collaborative teaching and learning that we do here is really distinctive. Betsy Thomas: We have forty-five minute classes and the math classes meet every day. Boy: I got the square root of B squared plus A squared. Yep. Boy: That's these two lines and then we do the slope formula from zero to there. Yes. No. Right.
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
Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction One of our roles as ESL and bilingual specialists is to encourage mainstream teachers to employ teaching techniques which make content area information more accessible to second language learners. Content materials present text which is too dense for ELLs. Teach your students to use graphic organizers such as webs, Venn diagrams, and charts to help them better comprehend these texts. These are visual tools that help ELLs understand and organize information. They are like mind maps which promote active learning. One of our goals in teaching our English language learners is to help them summarize and interpret text. Download the PDF files listed below or try a customized graphic organizer at Teach-nology.com.
Teaching In The Cloud: How Google Docs Are Revolutionizing The Classroom Google’s online word processor has transformed the way teachers support students through the writing process. (alamosbasement/flickr) Any experienced English teacher knows the drill: on the dreaded due date, students bring printed copies of their essays to class, where we collect them, take them home, jot inscrutable comments in the margins, bring them back to class, return them, and then watch students promptly toss them in the recycling bin on the way out of the room. The whole cycle borders on farce. Students pretend to spend many hours writing their papers, teachers pretend to spend many hours grading them, and we all pretend like repeating this process over and over again leads to something we in education like to call “student growth.” But teachers can finally put an end to this exercise in futility, thanks to an unlikely hero sometimes condemned for its unrelenting pursuit of profit at the expense of the public good…Google. Related:
Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning "Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Designers, Inc. Web 2.0 tools are online software programs that allow users to do a number of different things. They can be used to teach curriculum content, store data, create or edit video, edit photos, collaborate and so much more. These programs are often free and are used by teachers, students and sometimes parents, both in and out of the classroom, on a pretty regular basis. The question then becomes: are educators prepared to use these tools? Are educators, especially new ones, ready to incorporate Web 2.0 tools into their classroom? Embracing the use of Web 2.0 tools in lesson planning may still be new to many educators. As we talk about Web 2.0 tools, here's one point I want to stress. 1. If you've not heard of Pinterest, what rock have you been hiding under? 2. 3. 4. 5.
Cooperative and Collaborative Learning: Explanation What are cooperative and collaborative learning? Collaborative learning is a method of teaching and learning in which students team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project. A group of students discussing a lecture or students from different schools working together over the Internet on a shared assignment are both examples of collaborative learning. Cooperative learning, which will be the primary focus of this workshop, is a specific kind of collaborative learning. In cooperative learning, students work together in small groups on a structured activity. They are individually accountable for their work, and the work of the group as a whole is also assessed. In small groups, students can share strengths and also develop their weaker skills. In order to create an environment in which cooperative learning can take place, three things are necessary. Also, in cooperative learning small groups provide a place where:
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. Global collaboration projects bring students together from different countries to work on a joint project. Why should you and your students take on the challenge of a global collaboration project? Still not sure? Global collaboration projects employ technology tools in ways that enrich student learning.
Better Teaching: Why You Bore Students & What You Can Do About It Preface: You don’t mean to bore students. In fact, sometimes you’re downright interesting–the students are engaged, the buzz in the room is palpable, and even the hesitant students are asking questions. But the fact of the matter is, even the most charismatic and experienced teachers bore students sometimes. by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com Better Teaching: Why You Bore Students & What You Can Do About It A few thousand years ago, in 360 B.C., Plato advised against force-feeding of facts to students. “Elements of instruction…should be presented to the mind in childhood; not, however, under any notion of forcing education. We now have neuroscience of learning research to support these recommendations to avoid forced instruction and provide children with the best environment and experiences for joyful learning. Social, emotional, hormonal, and nutritional influences are overtaking the attribution of intelligence to primarily genetic factors. Now What? Curiosity
Collaborative Learning Environments Benefit Trainers Too eLearning makes it possible to create collaborative learning environments. Businesses are finding it necessary to provide online learning paths for training programs. With technology connecting the world over, people no longer gather to learn corporate procedures and protocols. Instead, leaders and trainers prefer conducting training courses online. In various fields, trainers choose learning management systems (LMSs) to establish online collaborative learning environments. Some software providers recognize this and ensure LMSs are built with trainers in mind. 3 LMS Features that Benefit Instructors Even so, some trainers are leery of adopting new technologies. 1) Reporting Tools Trainers want to know an LMS will make grading more efficient. 2) Customization Trainers need to feel a sense of control over their “classroom” and the learning that takes place. 3) Automatic sessions Instructors hope technology will make their workloads more manageable. Interactyx Limitedinteractyx.com
Class Hacker: 3 Tools To Help You Begin Learning Outside of the Classroom This article is written by Top Hat’s student blogger, Josh Birdwell. In this post, Josh goes over three tools that will help you become a better lifelong learner or begin learning outside of the classroom. These are tools that have helped him! Today, I want to share three resources that helped me become a better life long learner. 1. Degreed is a tool that allows users to track every video you watch, article you find, and book you read. 2. Interest in MOOCs has been growing really fast lately. 3. Lastly, Trello is an organizing tool like sticky notes on the web. Explore. Comment on how you are already learning outside of school / are learning after your degree or planning to start. Image courtesy of www.evolllution.com The following two tabs change content below. Futurist, Learner and Doer these are attributes that I have chosen to live out.
Research Supports Collaborative Learning Collaborative math and discussion-based English help to promote deeper learning, critical thinking, and community at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, is among the top 20 best prep schools in the country according to a 2010 Forbes magazine report. Over the past ten years, 100 percent of students have graduated and matriculated into college, and their average SAT scores have consistently ranked in the top tenth percentile for Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. In addition, more than one-third of students have taken Advanced Placement exams, with at least 95 percent receiving a score of three or higher. Credit: Edutopia Cooperative, Problem-Based Math In nearly every math class at College Prep, students spend almost the entire time working collaboratively in groups of four to answer problem sets from a worksheet. Discussion-based English . Fall, R., Webb, N. & Chudowsky, N. (1997). Foster, L. . . .
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.
Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning Project-based learning (PBL) naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. By design, it is student-centered, student-driven, and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. 1. We all know that heterogeneous grouping works, but sometimes homogenous grouping can be an effective way to differentiate in a project. 2. Reflection is an essential component of PBL. 3. This is probably one of my favorites. 4. Another essential component of PBL is student voice and choice, both in terms of what students produce and how they use their time. 5. Formative assessments can look the same for all students. 6. Teamwork and collaboration occur regularly in a PBL project. As you master the PBL process in your classroom, you will intuitively find ways to differentiate instruction for your students. Please share some of your successful strategies with us!
Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods Today's students will enter a job market that values skills and abilities far different from the traditional workplace talents that so ably served their parents and grandparents. They must be able to crisply collect, synthesize, and analyze information, then conduct targeted research and work with others to employ that newfound knowledge. In essence, students must learn how to learn, while responding to endlessly changing technologies and social, economic, and global conditions. But what types of teaching and learning will develop these skills? A growing body of research demonstrates that students learn more deeply if they have engaged in activities that require applying classroom-gathered knowledge to real-world problems. Research shows that such inquiry-based teaching is not so much about seeking the right answer but about developing inquiring minds, and it can yield significant benefits. Project-Based Pathways In a 1998 study by H.G. Students as Problem Solvers Learning Through Design