Building Collaborative Learning Environments Jon Orech Instructional Technology Coordinator Downers Grove South High School email@example.com Jim Gerry Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director Illinois Math & Science Academy firstname.lastname@example.org Students from IMSA
The Paperless Classroom
What have you heard here at Tech Forum that will transform student learning?
How do you make your classroom a “collaborative learning space”?
What about here?
Or even here. Wiki Solution Manual
Are you over the Web 2.0 Frenzy…
and ready to focus (again) on learning? Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning (Siemens and Titterberger, 2009) http://tinyurl.com/handbookemerging
“Collaboration” is NOT the goal.
BLOGS Discussion boardsWikis Where do I want to go?
Why Discussion Boards? ”Anytime, Anywhere” learning Increased process time Permanence Empowers “quiet” students Deeper meaning, richer discussions
Duration Frequency Audience Assessment Instructor involvement
A “quality” post looks like…”
Discussion boards must lead to A purpose.
Wikis in the Classroom:Theory…
Wikis in the Classroom:Reality…
“Wiki” is a tool “Collaborative writing” is a process.
Face to Face Interaction
The final product… MUST be valuable to others.
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?
Successful teaching today requires: Experimentation. Co-creation of content. Relinquishing control. Tolerance [encouragement] of failure. Siemens and Titterberger