Chapter 4: Collaboration
Chapter 4 opens with a visit to a middle school where students bring their own computing devices. They bring a wide range of devices but easily manage collaboration anyway. Collaboration is a crucial skill our students will need during the rest of their education and well beyond. Teachers can support student collaboration and model the process by effectively collaborating with one another through a variety of digital means. Sharing digital resources makes the transition to 1:1 easier and improves the variety of materials we can give our students. Students can collaborate digitally and face to face in a variety of ways as well. Collaborative preparation, froduction, feedback and presentation are all included with examples and sugggestions of possible tools for each. The chapter wraps up with some suggestions for managing digital collaborations from ground rules to self evaluation, and information about accessing options for global collaboration.
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Digital collaboration is so much easier. With technology we can collaborate faster and easier with our colleagues and our students. Here are some tools to try.
- Google Drive, including Docs, Forms, and Slides
- Discussion Boards
- Skype in the Classroom
- ePals Classroom exchange
- Google Sites
- Jen's Group Creator Spreadsheet
John Miller gives us a great explanation of how students can make movies in Minecraft. Blog Post