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10 Free Resources for Building Collaborative Classrooms

411 Collaborative classrooms are the learning environments of the future. Schools around the world are saying goodbye to the conventional lecture-based learning space where the students remain inert in their respective seats and the teacher remains at the head of the class. In these new collaborative environments, teachers transition from doing all the talking to purposely creating opportunities for students to learn, and facilitating their thoughts and discussions about what they learn. Keep reading to learn more about collaborative classrooms and discover resources to help you build your own. What are Collaborative Classrooms? Teachers, school administrators, parents, students, and society as a whole can benefit from the collaborative learning model. Why? This model is advantageous in comparison to a traditional classroom because collaborative classrooms: allow respect to be given to all participants—students and teachers build community and value all contributions to deepening understanding and knowledge promote the social and emotional development of students in addition to academic development involve the active participation of learners demonstrate listening, paraphrasing, compromise, and open-ended and thoughtful questions on behalf of the teacher have access to research tools like the Internet engages and motivates students to achieve have clearly-defined goals to measure progress allow the teacher to readily move throughout the space and engage with different groups Collaborative classrooms, from conception to fruition, involve parents and students so that the greater community becomes invested in the project and excited about its outcome. Collaborative Learning Resources If you are having trouble developing your collaborative learning environment, or simply need inspiration to begin, there are a variety of free resources to assist you. Below are 10 resources you can use to get started. 1. Edutopia – Remake Your Class. This site provides instructional videos and blogs that guide you through the process of building a collaborative learning environment. Suggestions are provided for teachers looking to remake everything from a small part of …

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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The ABC's of Collaboration

The ABC's of Collaboration | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it



Via Beth Dichter
Gary Harwell's insight:

Our students have to collaborate.

Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:08 PM

Dan Pontrefract has published a book called Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization. In this book he define collaboration as:

The unfettered allowance and encouragement of employees to both contribute and consume knowledge, insight or ideas with any direct relationship via professional or personal networks to achieve an outcome.

In addition to this definition he has created two infographics that look at the ABC's of Collaboration.

One infographic provides a key word for each letter of the alphabet as well as an image (as shown above). The second infographic also includes a definition for each word.

We know that collaboration is not always easy for students. The two versions available would be useful for different grade levels. In the younger grades students might share what they believe these words mean, or you may choose one or two key words to use for specific tasks. The version with definitions might be useful in promoting a dialogue with older students. Do  they agree with the definition? Is there a word that they think might better reflect collaboration that takes place in  a classroom?

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Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.


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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 2015 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 2015 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 2015 9:25 PM

Rescooped from Sarah Kozlowski. This make distance learning possible for virtual classrooms. While this setup up isn't ideal for a lot of virtual classroom setups, it can work as a low-tech solution.

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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Teacher Gary | Scoop.it

Google Apps is beginning to revolutionize education.

With its highly collaborative, online/offline format — and its attractive price tag (free!) — many schools, businesses and other organizations are ditching their expensive, clunky software for this powerful suite of tools.

Via Ilkka Olander
Gary Harwell's insight:

Great Apps if the teachers would use them.

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