Collaboration in the Classroom
Collaboration in the classroom is important. Many currently design lessons with collaborative efforts in mind. Constructing learning experiences that include collaboration is, however, challenging. The key to successful collaboration involves planning, class management, and assessment. Here we will explore the issues of collaboration in the classroom.

The Collaborative Classroom
Read What is the Collaborative Classroom? - an article about the collaborative classroom, describing the design of the classroom, research about collaboration, and examples of collaboration occurring in classes.
Once you have read this article, respond the question in the discussion section on this page.





Principles of Collaboration
Read Collaboration in the Classroom and Using Groups Effectively: 10 Principles
Once you have read these articles, respond to the question in the discussion section on this page.







Assessing Collaboration
Read pages59-64 of A Guide to Collaboration in the Classroom. Specifically, you are reading chapter 7 about"Assessing Collaboration".
Once you have read this chapter, respond to the question in the discussion section on this page.






Examples of Collaboration
Choose four of the seven blogs and/or presentations/videos below and read/watch them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOGKHa72LJ4&feature=player_embedded#at=88
http://www.slideshare.net/katiemorrow/collaboration-projects


Examples of collaboration at Clemson:http://www.technologysource.org/article/collaboration_in_and_out_of_the_classroom/


Examples of global collaborative projects:
http://greetingsfromtheworld.wikispaces.com/
http://chickensaltash.edublogs.org/2010/07/06/the-beautiful-game-world-cup-learning/
http://chickensaltash.edublogs.org/2009/06/23/you-heard-it-first-here-heroes-are-global/
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/teach/articles/collaboration.html

Once you have reviewed your selections, respond to the question in the discussion section on this page.





Tools for Collaboration

While collaboration tools abound, here are six that I know have been used with success on campus. Read over the descriptions and respond to the question on the discussion page.
SkyDrive
Students can work on projects together and share Word documents, PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, and OneNote notebooks to complete an assigned project or daily collaborative work. Visit SkyDrive to learn more. Note, this upcoming year, students will be given SkyDrive accounts for personal use.
Edmodo
Edmodois an secure social learning network for teachers and students. Teachers can create a group for their class or for their class and other classes around the globe. To see an example of Edmodo in the 3rd grade classroom, see the 3rd Grade's North America Virtual Showcase page.
Wikispaces
See the Wikispaces page on this site for more information.
WallWisher
See the WallWisher page on this site for more information.
Voicethread
See the Voicethread page on this site for more information.
Diigo
Diigo is social bookmarking site that allows teachers and students to create bookmarks of websites, annotate those sites, and share those bookmarks and annotations with others.

If you are interested in more collaboration tools, check out 50 Free Collaboration Tools (note: I have not tested to see if all of these tools are unblocked at school; therefore, be aware that if you like a site, it may be blocked when you return to campus, and you will need to submit it for review if you are interested in using it.)

When you have finished these tasks, you will earn 3 hours towards your CEU requirement.


Further study:
If you want to explore the concept of collaboration in the classroom in more depth, Intel has five modules exploring collaboration in the digital classroom. Each module takes approximately one hour. If you complete the five modules, post a response to the discussion related to this topic on this page. You would then earn five more hours towards your CEU requirement.