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    • Collaborative Environments
      “Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century” (Cox, 2009, p. 11)
      Stephanie A. Jones, Ph.D.
      Instructional Technology
      Georgia Southern University
    • Collaboration is
      Working jointly with others in some endeavor.
      In the physical world…..
    • In the virtual world…
    • Collaborative Environments are
      “virtual workplaces where students and teachers can communicate, share information, and work together” (p. 9).
      Picture credit: Dion Hinchcliffe, http://blogs.zdnet.com/Hinchcliffe/?p=147
    • Key Attributes
      Communication
      Multiple users
      Ubiquitous access
      An out-of-school appearance (authentic)
      Ease of use (intuitive design and function)
      Content sharing among users
      Portability of creative products
      Cox, E. J. (2009). Tools for 21st-century learning. Multimedia & Internet@Schools, 16(5), 10-14.
    • Benefits of Collaborative Tools
      Fosters teamwork
      Facilitates critical thinking
      Crosses geographic barriers thus enabling global initiatives
      Facilitates connections with experts
      Facilitates review and assessment of student work
    • Challenges to Implementation
      Questions about the security of information shared online
      Online safety; cyberbullying
      Filtering- limiting the kinds of online content and tools that students have access to while at school
       Current teaching practices may not actively encourage team-based inquiry
    • Collaborative environments exist in a myriad of forms:
      Simple web-based tools for collaborative work
      Social networking platforms
      Classroom management systems
      Multiplayer gaming environments
      Virtual worlds
      Let’s look at some learning examples.
    • Voicethread
      http://voicethread.com/#q.b307595.i1631187
    • Wikispaces
      http://nutmeg2009.sblc.wikispaces.net/MVP
    • Mindmeister
      http://www.mindmeister.com/12213323/best-online-collaboration-tools-2009-robin-good-s-collaborative-map
    • Go Exploring
      Courtesy of petaj at http://www.flickr.com/photos/54511827@N00/2157928982/sizes/o/
    • Who knows where you might go!
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanflynn/315385916/sizes/o/#cc_license