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Fostering Collaboration Among Your Students

Overview

What do you think of when you hear the word "collaborate?" Perhaps it's the word in between "stop" and "listen," but in terms of your own classroom, how is collaboration demonstrated? Is it with a shared Google Doc, or is it students working in partners? In our Collaborative Teacher Teams (CTT), it is becoming more apparent that collaboration to achieve a common goal for students is highly impactful. So, how can we transfer the idea of collaboration among teachers into the classroom to benefit students? Below are a few tech tools that you can use to increase collaboration among your students.

A Shared Google Doc

This is the most obvious use of collaboration within the classroom. If you allow your students the opportunity to share a Google Doc, they can simply make changes on a document and add their own thoughts to create an interesting array of ideas for a given assignment.

Todays Meet

Todays Meet is a backchannel communication service that allows for students to comment on the action occurring in the classroom in the "background." As the teacher is talking, students can be commenting and asking questions, right along with the lesson. Then, the teacher can view the comments and questions either as the lesson progresses, when there's a break, or after the lesson has concluded.

Padlet

Basically a "virtual bulletin board," Padlet offers students the opportunity to collaborate among one another and contribute to a lesson. An idea for using this in the classroom is notetaking. While students are listening to a lesson, they can each write down one major point, or one major takeaway that can then be added to a Padlet to showcase a variety of student learning.

Mystery Google Hangout

Collaboration doesn't just have to be kept within the classroom walls. Setting up a Mystery Google Hangout provides students an opportunity to connect with other students from another class somewhere across the globe. The collaboration possibilities are endless with a Mystery Hangout, from learning about another culture, to communicating in another language, to even just finding out what a typical school day is like for someone outside of the local area. A Mystery Hangout can do all of these!

Blogs

Whether you're using EduBlogs, Weebly, or some other blog host, having students reflect on their learning in this medium is beneficial. Once you provide a prompt for the students, whether a discussion question, or a summary of the day's notes, students can then compose a response. To insert a collaborative aspect to the lesson, allow students to respond to each other's writing, giving them parameters of course. But, this is a spectacular way to foster collaboration in your classroom.

Flipgrid

As has been mentioned several times before on this newsletter, Flipgrid is a wonderful option to enhance collaboration. Allowing students the comfort to speak to their computer screen and not feel embarrassed talking in front of their classmates is great. Additionally, teachers are able to moderate responses if you want to control the collaboration a little further. You are definitely able to give all students a voice using Flipgrid.

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