collaboration

The blended learning environment fosters and supports collaboration in any form. This synergistic process allows students to produce quality work that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Reflection Question

How can I use collaboration to enhance our learning?

Look Fors

1. As students engage with others for authentic purposes, they take on the role of lead learners, while teachers act in a supportive role.

2. The teacher is the facilitator of learning while working alongside learners, observing, questioning, and appropriately scaffolding.

3. In order to arrive at a new understanding, students synthesize independent ideas, as well as those gained through group collaboration.

Details

  • Less separation between classes/buildings, more connections

  • Develops essential “21st Century” skills, collaboration, consume, contribute, feedback

  • Physical arrangement fosters collaboration, research, problem-based solutions

  • Students as teacher – students are curators of information, creators, inventors

  • Device is very personal, yet is the catalyst for collaboration

  • Students are given opportunities to fail and learn from those failures

  • Students helping students 24/7; blogs, wikis, forums; student tech trouble shooters  (promotes Student Learning Networks)

  • Students working in collaboration create outcomes that are a higher quality of work than if they worked individually

Recommended Apps and Examples

AirServer

AirServer

AirServer is the most advanced screen mirroring software receiver for Mac, PC and Xbox One. It allows you to receive AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast streams, similar to an Apple TV or a Chromecast device.

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

canvas

Canvas

Hilliard City Schools’ e-learning platform, also known as a Learning Management System. Canvas contains over 2,000 online courses designed specifically for delivering content to students and professional development to staff.

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

googleDrive

Google Drive

Mobile app for accessing a Google Apps account. Features are limited compare to the full desktop/laptop web version, but most standard tasks can be accomplished.

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

gafe

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides

An online productivity suite from Google including word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, slide presentation, and survey tools in a real time collaborative environment. Full features available on desktop and laptops with modern web browsers, limited features on mobile devices.

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

pages

Pages

Pages is a word processor for the iPad and Mac desktop/laptop. Pages is the Apple version of Word. This word processor helps you create a variety of documents; either from a blank page or by using templates. Pages app has been designed exclusively for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

numbers

Numbers

Numbers is the most innovative spreadsheet app ever designed for a mobile device. Similar to Excel.

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

keynote

Keynote

Keynote is Apple’s version of Powerpoint. This free app can be accessed via iPad, Mac Desktop, or online at the iCloud website. Use Keynote to create slideshows that can be shared via the free iCloud account

Grades:

Elementary
Secondary

voicethread

VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a cloud application that lets you upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Users can also comment on slides as well as keep your VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world.

Grades:

Elementary

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Using iPads in Mrs Kitchen’s Creative Media Course

Mrs. Kitchen’s Creative Media course at Weaver Middle School uses a variety of apps on the iPad to create videos and work collaboratively.  They are using GarageBand to create songs, the Camera app to shoot video,  iMovie to edit video, and PollEverywhere to respond to questions in the classroom.

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