IETC : Are your Students REALLY Collaborating?

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IETC : Are your Students REALLY Collaborating?

  1. 1. Are Your Students REALLY Collaborating? Jon Orech Instructional Technology Coordinator Cooperative Learning Trainer South High School, Downers Grove, IL jorech@csd99.org
  2. 2. Google Moderator Link for session: http://tinyurl.com/ietccollab
  3. 3. Web Presence  Email: jorech@csd99.org  Blog: jonorech.blogspot.com  Twitter, Delicious, etc, “jorech”  Delicious tag: “collaboration”  Digital Storytelling resource: http://jonorech.wikispaces.com
  4. 4. What have you heard here at IETC that will transform student learning?
  5. 5. How do you make your classroom a “collaborative learning space”?
  6. 6. What about here?
  7. 7. Or here?
  8. 8. Or even here. Wiki Solution Manual
  9. 9. Web 2.0 Are you over the Frenzy…
  10. 10. and ready to focus (again) on learning? Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning (Siemens and Titterberger, 2009) http://tinyurl.com/handbookemerging
  11. 11. “Collaboration” is NOT the goal.
  12. 12. BLOGS DISCUSSION BOARDS WIKIS Where do I want to go?
  13. 13. Why Discussion Boards? ”Anytime, Anywhere” learning Increased process time Permanence Empowers “quiet” students Deeper meaning, richer discussions
  14. 14. Duration Assessment Frequency Audience Instructor involvement
  15. 15. A “quality” post looks like…”
  16. 16. Discussion boards must lead to A purpose.
  17. 17. Wikis in the Classroom: Theory…
  18. 18. Wikis in the Classroom: Reality…
  19. 19. “Wiki” is a tool “Collaborative writing” is a process.
  20. 20. Positive Interdependence • Goal •Role •Environment x •Resource •Task •Identity Individual Accountability •Small Groups •Frequent Assessment •Random questioning •History (Careful)
  21. 21. Face to Face Interaction •Preparation •Revision Group Processing •Peer reflection •Teacher interaction Social Skills •Netiquette x •Negotiate revision •Recognizing strengths
  22. 22. The final product… MUST be valuable to others.
  23. 23. Research “Asynchronous writing results in richer communication” (Mabrito, 2006). “Online collaborative writing produces higher quality writing than face-to-face collaboration” (Passig and Schwartz, 2007). Why?
  24. 24. Successful teaching today requires: Experimentation. Co-creation of content. Relinquishing control. Tolerance [encouragement] of failure. Siemens and Titterberger

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