The core premise of collaborative learning views that learning occurs socially and can be enhanced by different views of others. With the rapid advancement of technologies, the width and depth of knowledge that learners can share with others have become limitless. Indeed, the immense potentials of the Internet technology boosted the power of collaborative learning in enhancing the learning experience (Stahl et al., 2011). Given its importance and renewed attention, the Education 2030 Agenda promotes the acquisition of collaboration skills as part of an ‘essential skillset’ in order to enable individuals to live and work “in a more secure, sustainable, interdependent, knowledge-based and technology-driven world” (UNESCO, 2015).
Patricia Stitson's insight:
We must think about staying in step with how other countries are teaching computer enable collaboration skills:
"The core premise of collaborative learning views that learning occurs socially and can be enhanced by different views of others. With the rapid advancement of technologies, the width and depth of knowledge that learners can share with others have become limitless. Indeed, the immense potentials of the Internet technology boosted the power of collaborative learning in enhancing the learning experience (Stahl et al., 2011). Given its importance and renewed attention, the Education 2030 Agenda promotes the acquisition of collaboration skills as part of an ‘essential skillset’ in order to enable individuals to live and work “in a more secure, sustainable, interdependent, knowledge-based and technology-driven world” (UNESCO, 2015)."
It is by constantly up-skilling employees that they will grow and add more value. But investing huge amounts of time and money into employee learning is often not feasible for early stage startups. Then again, does L&D have to be a time & money sucking monster that corporate P&L statements may seem to suggest?
Patricia Stitson's insight:
Learning and training ARE different. While developing an entire training program may be cost prohibitive, developing a learning culture may not be, and in fact, will likely prove itself quickly. The ROI of investing in guiding teams into a safe mindset where mistakes and successes are shared fluidly could be exponential. Imagine a online community of practice where teams can collaborate and learn from one another in real time. How could this solve issues in problem solving and redundant solution finding? How might that impact productivity and, more importantly, contribute to creating sustainable and manageable workloads for all team members? In one fell swoop both productivity and talent retention issues are addressed.
This is a great practical example of applying a pedagogy used in the classroom to create a more informed comparative and collaborative approach to creating a knowledge bank.
I am curious how this approach looked on the ground though. Did it feel like more work or less work? Did each individual contribute with interest? What were the structures that allowed them to work with fluidity and efficiency? And, most important, how did the story of their research look different that that told through a less collaborative approach?
This fall, most states will continue implementing Common Core State Standards (http://www.corestandards.org/) with the hope of improving educational outcomes for America’s students. Common Core has been called, “[W]hat may be the most far-reaching experiment in American educational history.” Educators, parents, elected officials and others are expressing strong opinions about the standards, ranging from strong support (from conservatives as well as progressives), to tentative approval, to regret and anger.
Luckily, there is at least one area of (relative) agreement around the standards: The emphasis on technology integration is crucial for student success. (For a comprehensive list of the technology-related Common Core standards, see this document from the Fresno County Office of Education.)
Support for educational technology is strong and growing, and it’s easy to see why. As educator Ashley Lauren Samsa writes in her recent Guardian post, “Being technologically competent is now considered a vital life skill, not to mention something today's students need if they are ever going to be employable.” However, Samsa reminds us, we must ensure that technology is used as a tool to power creativity and not merely a career prep mechanism.
One way to ensure technology is used to inspire, connect and encourage students is to empower students themselves to lead the way. There are plenty of websites and off-the-shelf solutions educators can use to integrate technology into standards-aligned curricula, which is key, but it is also important for teachers to cultivate student creativity and peer-to-peer learning (and student-to-teacher skill transferral) by allowing students to showcase their technology skills.
Today’s K-12 students were born into a connected world, and they have a fundamentally different relationship with technology than the majority of their teachers. In fact, research shows that they learn differently as a result of their technology immersion. Results from the Digital Youth Project and other innovative interventions underscore the importance of peer-to-peer learning for today’s students.
Winters Mill senior wins youth philanthropist award Carroll County Times The Community Foundation of Carroll County honors an individual, a youth, a community business partnership, a nonprofit organization and a legacy philanthropist at a ceremony...
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M.O.D.E.L.S., "Making an Ongoing Difference in Every Life through Service." It is youth like the founder of that organization that I would like to interview... not just about their own experiences but on how they see it changing others who engage in service.
York County youth celebrate 4-H lessons an annual fair York Daily Record Morgan Wagner, 17, left, and Cheyenne Myers, 17, carry the flags during a routine by the Wellsville Boots and Saddle Horse and Pony Club during the 2013 York County 4-H Fair.
TED is a circuit of highly popular conferences where really smart people get together to present ideas that they see as powerful enough to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. Though not everyone in the world is ...
Lesa Walker discusses how she has implemented a unique empathy-driven project in schools across the United States and in Ghana.
Please describe what the Olymp-i-a Challenge is all about and how you got involved in this project.
As a public health physician, working for over 30 years with children with disabilities and their families, I learned the importance of empathy. When we have empathy, we minimize our assumptions. We look deeper than face-value. We look for and recognize the “abilities” in people. We respect and honor diversity. For example, empathy is expressed in “people-first” language. A child with a disability is a child first, not a condition. A simple action or a choice of words has dramatic impact in helping create, sustain and strengthen an environment of empathy. It also enhances positive collaboration, teamwork, and our ultimate success in working together to solve issues.
I really would like to see this issue re-framed. We are already setting up defeat with the frame "left-behind". The vernacular used to terrible. We've already left them and and they fell behind. A much more solvable problem would be one where there are people who have not been equipped (yet) with the tools of the future. People learn and can adapt rapidly - if they understand that they equal - and there is possibility. Negative labels create negative people.
Children who participate in collaborative group work to learn about significant social issues become better decision-makers than their peers who learn the ...
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Is this something that should ONLY happen in schools? What is the value in offering this to children in an extra curricular manner on a global village scale? How would that change their 'decision-making' perspective. Is this something that will empower youth as they grow into young adults? International Baccalaureate programs offer the values but how much practical experience? Mastery breeds creativity so thus, how valuable is it to offer this skill in early childhood?
3-day youth summit at University of Montana promotes community food movement The Missoulian At the tender age of 12, Jesse Linton was forced out of his home and slipped into an anti-social lifestyle of drugs and video games.
Minneapolis Star Tribune 'We Day' brings all-star cast to rev up Minnesota youth Minneapolis Star Tribune It's the foundation of “We Day,” launched in Canada in 2007 by the nonprofit Free the Children and now the most high-profile event in the...
International Youth Day - It's as Easy as ABC Huffington Post Today, August 12th, is International Youth Day, which is observed by the United Nations and its member countries to provide a platform to examine and bring attention to the issues and...
I was contacted by a reader of Modest Media about this article. Saga takes a valid stance on how to cultivate social entrepreneurism in the classroom. I especially like number four:
Require students to lead workshops rather than give presentations. This way, students can ask and respond to questions, exercise leadership and discussion skills, present ideas in a more collaborative (and less judgmental) setting, and make their peers feel involved and socially responsible.
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