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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Why have your students work collaboratively? "Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher levels of thinking and preserve information for longer times that students working individually."

This post provides 20 suggestions to help collaborative groups work more effectively. A few are:

* Establish group goals.

* Keep groups mid-sized.

* Build trust and promote open communication.

* Consider the learning process asa part of the assessment.

The post includes links to a variety of resources and each point has an explantion with additional information.


Via Beth Dichter, Chris Brown, Marina Cousins, Channylt
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Keeping the groups at moderate levels will ensure an effective exchange of ideas and participation in all involved, I can echo the same statement that two heads are better than one. It is also interesting to learn that collaborative teams attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer periods as compared to  their individual counterparts., yes the use of technology makes collaborative learning manageable.

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Chris Brown's curator insight, July 30, 2013 4:44 PM

Some good thought on effective collaboration groups.

Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:56 AM

Great tips on how to facilitate collaborative learning. Learners that work collaborativley are engaged in their learning and have better learning outcomes. 

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:06 PM

I liked this article, as it highlighted to me the importance of collaborative learning is much better than individual learning.  As I have mentioned several times, the learning and assessment that takes place within my workplace has a strong behaviourist foundation of learning and repeating key words and actions to pass an assessment (it is a very individual approach to learning).

 

Many of my colleagues view this experience of learning & assessment in a negative way.  What are some of the ways to overcome this negative view of learning?

 

After reading this article, I will seriously consider using a collaborative learning style within my workplace (if I get the opportunity).  The advantage of using real world problems or clinical incidents is that it offers the learner the opportunitity to improve their critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.  

 

Therefore, by using collaborative learning you can apply the following learning theories of cognitivism, constructivism, objectivism.

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Using Images, Videos & Text In Learning

Using Images, Videos & Text In Learning | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
“ Research has shown that student engagement, comprehension and retention improves significantly when using multimedia in learning. Multiple representations of content (text, video, audio, images,...”
Via Bethan Morgan
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I find this very true especially in my field of facilitating, an hour long lecture can be transformed into a 5minute video which sums everything up, yes this is empowering for teachers, the remaining session time can be used for interactive learning by means of discussions of the related topic used.The teacher may also assess the students by means of oral questions to see if the main point has been put across to all participants. I particularly use this approach when I am teaching a topic like, 'supports for cables or switchgear', there are several videos to use from the web to facilitate that, however the quality and duration of videos play an important role, I tend to look for good resolution videos with an excellent audio output.
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In Response to "Redefinition" - SAMR

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There have been a number of posts circulating over the past few weeks about Dr. Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model. I've been reading closely as I plan/hope/might incorporate it into my upcoming Leading...

Via Felix Jacomino, Nicole Kotoski
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The SAMR model is very practical in modern day learning, it is interesting to learn that the focus is on using ICT to facilitate learning.

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Nicole Kotoski's curator insight, March 31, 2014 10:38 PM

This is very true. While we try and reach up to the highest post (redefinition) in the SAMR model we should also be looking at the learning that takes place.  Technology should always support the learning of our students. To enhance and build the process. We need to provide each student with a learning experience relevant to them and reflect on the ways we incorporate the technology within the classroom. We need to teach WITH ICT as opposed to learning about it.  I like that this model makes you think about how you use technogy within the classroo. It can make for re-evaluation and improvement about working with technology.

Channylt's comment, April 11, 2014 2:55 AM
I agree with @Nicole Kotoski that technology should support the learning of the students, and I the SAMR pool diagram is a smart way to look at the model rather than a goal to reach the Redefinition stage - I see it as being a model to see how technology can facilitate learning and where certain technologies fit in that model or how technology can be used in learning whether its just at the enhancement phase where technology is used to functionally change the way we are learning e.g. reading a hardcover book to reading an e-book the technology is changed but we still have to read the content… Transformational learning comes from technology re-defining and re-designing how we learn, what we learn that have previously been inconceivable.
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Knowmia Teach on edshelf

Knowmia Teach on edshelf | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about Knowmia Teach

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Knowmia has very good and practical features, from the description it's major shortcoming is the use of one type of mobile device which is the iPad which is a restriction to those who are not fans of Apple
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Anthea Arkcoll's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:43 AM

The ipad screen as recordable whiteboard.

Screen recordings can be combined with voice, text, graphics, photos from the inbuilt camera, and drawings created on the screen.


Free to teachers.


Two key limits:

1. Doesn't appear to incorporate potential for interaction from learners, so a cognitive rather than constructivist pedagogy.

2..Is only supported operating platform is the iPad and lessons can't be exported to other platforms or websites other than knowmia.com.

Lyn Hogan's curator insight, April 6, 2014 10:43 PM

This a great resource although I do need to spend a little more time sifting through the various items . Briefly , there were a number of existing resources that would be useful in the development of some online support material that I am currently working on . I found that the content in the animations accurate ( this is important) and at the same time engaging . Essentially ,for my circumstances and requirements for functionality this tool sits on the boundary between clever Augmentation and Modification leaning towards the tranformative level in the SAMR model  .

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The SAMR Model - An Example | The Mind of a Child

“ In the last few months I've spoken with many different educators on the topic of the SAMR model: a model for evaluating technology and technology integration as developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. Dr. Puentedura's blog ...”
Via markwcarbone
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This is a helpful article for the students to understand the topics that they are covering and also apply them practically since it encourages modification and redefinition, thus going beyond content and this results in better learning outcomes
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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
“ Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.”
Via John Evans, Suz_Arnott
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These are very useful tools to use in blended learning, students can share notes, drawings etc among themselves, in doing that they are actually going beyond content. This also helps in problem solving through team work by means of sharing ideas. The point to always remember is how to fit all these in the curriculum so as to meet students' needs
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Suzy Romanelli's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:29 AM

I use Google through Adobe Connect.  I will start a discussion and then have students click on link within meeting room, and we discuss and comment on information.  This has become a modification of our current teaching where we would use a whiteboard/smartboard to discuss topics in the past.

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3 Tips for Using Images in E-learning

3 Tips for Using Images in E-learning | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
“ Using images in eLearning courses helps learner understand the concept in a better way. Let us see how to choose images for eLearning courses.Read more ›”
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Those are very good tips and practical too. Images can be used to demonstrate the principle of operation of say a protective device like a residual current device ( RCD), the student will not have to imagine how an RCD looks like, the main focus now would be on discussing its uses and applications etc, the use of good images replaces the real object which makes it less challenging for the students to understand uses and application of object
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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Why have your students work collaboratively? "Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher levels of thinking and preserve information for longer times that students working individually."

This post provides 20 suggestions to help collaborative groups work more effectively. A few are:

* Establish group goals.

* Keep groups mid-sized.

* Build trust and promote open communication.

* Consider the learning process asa part of the assessment.

The post includes links to a variety of resources and each point has an explantion with additional information.


Via Beth Dichter, Chris Brown, Marina Cousins, Channylt
Hazel Kuveya's insight:

Keeping the groups at moderate levels will ensure an effective exchange of ideas and participation in all involved, I can echo the same statement that two heads are better than one. It is also interesting to learn that collaborative teams attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer periods as compared to  their individual counterparts., yes the use of technology makes collaborative learning manageable.

more...
Chris Brown's curator insight, July 30, 2013 4:44 PM

Some good thought on effective collaboration groups.

Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:56 AM

Great tips on how to facilitate collaborative learning. Learners that work collaborativley are engaged in their learning and have better learning outcomes. 

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:06 PM

I liked this article, as it highlighted to me the importance of collaborative learning is much better than individual learning.  As I have mentioned several times, the learning and assessment that takes place within my workplace has a strong behaviourist foundation of learning and repeating key words and actions to pass an assessment (it is a very individual approach to learning).

 

Many of my colleagues view this experience of learning & assessment in a negative way.  What are some of the ways to overcome this negative view of learning?

 

After reading this article, I will seriously consider using a collaborative learning style within my workplace (if I get the opportunity).  The advantage of using real world problems or clinical incidents is that it offers the learner the opportunitity to improve their critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.  

 

Therefore, by using collaborative learning you can apply the following learning theories of cognitivism, constructivism, objectivism.

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SAMR: Augmenting your Creativity and Amplifying your Curiosity

SAMR: Augmenting your Creativity and Amplifying your Curiosity | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
“ While there has been a bit of question as to the effectiveness of SAMR, a shift to move beyond SAMR, and a few proposed changes to the structure of the model floating around online, I have to say that hearing Dr.”
Via markwcarbone
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I like the way the article describes SAMR as satisfying curiosity, blended learning helps students become good in fault finding which is the core of the electrical trade, since they are constantly going through the SAMR model on every or most of the topic covered in their units of competency
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ashleydigitallearning's curator insight, April 9, 2014 5:43 AM

Interesting way to approach the SAMR model and integrate technology into the equation.

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24 basics to know if you use Microsoft PowerPoint

24 basics to know if you use Microsoft PowerPoint | SAMR & Affordances of Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
“ Did you know you can broadcast your slides over the web, or use your mouse as a laser pointer? Here are 24 handy tips for using PowerPoint.”
Via Baiba Svenca, Suz_Arnott
Hazel Kuveya's insight:
This is very useful information, I use PowerPoint most of the time, even though it is not entirely web based approach, effective use of PowerPoint is one of the many ways in which we use technology to facilitate learning.
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