Classroom collaboration: Learning together


In most classrooms today, students are seen working together in small groups, perhaps in learning stations in the classroom, and taking a more active role in learning. When I was in elementary school, we often were paired with a classmate for different activities and it was a great way to develop our social skills as well as develop new perspectives in learning. Social learning works. Read more: Can EdTech enable Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Changing what's possible – collaborative learning at Northern Parkway Elementary


For the students and teachers of Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York, learning isn’t something that only belongs inside a classroom – it can happen anywhere. When the school had the chance to turn one of their hallways into a learning space, they were intrigued. With the help of Phi Services , Northern Parkway added a Nureva™ Span™ visual collaboration system in this underused space. A new way to collaborate. undefined.


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Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! * choose your own adventure collaborative learning digital storytelling project based learning

Two Promote Collaborative Learning Tools I Used To Motivate Students

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Two Promote Collaborative Learning Tools I Used To Motivate Students by Derek von Waldner As many educators know, students often come into a classroom ranging below or above a certain. The post Two Promote Collaborative Learning Tools I Used To Motivate Students appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Elementary School Experienced Teacher Tools resources

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. They must learn which line comes first in order to progress to the next letter. mt=8 An app that allows children to quickly learn common vocabulary. They are assigned a topic and divided into specific groups (as known as typical collaborative learning groups.) We are working on students taking responsibility for their learning.

Collaborative learning in a country without borders – Josane Batalha Sobreira da Silva, Brazil

Daily Edventures

Josane Batalha Sobreira da Silva is passionate about the benefits of collaborative learning. The school’s focus is divided into three areas: investment in software and hardware/equipment (such as electronic whiteboards and tablets); development of virtual learning environments; and, the most important, teacher training. Through collaborative learning,” she adds, “we sought to increase knowledge and expand social roles.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., both education consultants, advocated for using groups to assist student learning. They discussed how adjusting student combinations, adapting teaching methods, and preparing students for group learning can lead to successful outcomes. This helps students avoid labels and learn to work with all of their peers.

School district invents custom charging solution for all schools

eSchool News

When we looked to roll out new technology for our schools, we wanted to create collaborative learning environments,” said Dwight Goodwin, director of instructional technology at Denton ISD. Among these campuses are: four comprehensive high schools, seven middle schools (with an eighth opening in August), 23 elementary schools, two early childhood centers, a choice high school, an advanced technology complex and other specialized schools and centers.

TEACHER VOICE: ‘As Covid-19 disproportionately affects Black communities, my students will analyze how difficult times can be a catalyst for societal change’

The Hechinger Report

In Chicago, where I teach, we recently learned that our first semester will be entirely virtual. I worry about hurdles my 12 th grade students may face as we return to remote learning. As all this mounts up, how will these factors impact their learning and grades?

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

In HP Teaching Fellow Melissa Wrenchey’s class, students collaborate to design prototypes that address real-world challenges. Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students. Students have opportunities to work on smaller projects to familiarize themselves with collaborative learning and integrated projects. Collaborate with teachers in your school.

Beginning the School Year: It’s About the Learners Not the Content

User Generated Education

I want students to learn about one another in a personal way. I want to learn about my students so my instructional strategies can be more personalized and tailored to their needs and interests. You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during class time. You will be expected to do collaborative learning during the class time. I will introduce the learning activities, but you will be responsible for the actual learning.

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DigiWriMo, meet the Make Bank

K12 Open Ed

I’m taking part in another open collaborative learning event in November: DigiWriMo. In talking about this with a group of folks last night , someone asked “ As a college student working on my elementary major, how could I use this writing piece in my future classroom?” And please keep this in mind as a resource you can use in your current or future learning environments.

Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms


Constructivist learning is an educational theory based on the psychological theories of Constructivist thinkers such as Jean Piaget. His theory — usually referred to as Developmental Stage Theory — described learning and cognitive development as “a progressive reorganization of mental processes resulting from biological maturation and environmental experience”. The progressive education movement has a number of hallmarks, these include: Learning by doing.

Cardboard Challenges: No Tech/Low Cost Maker Education

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The learners engaged in these learning activities with high excitement and motivation. I believe it is important to follow learners’ leads and ideas as it creates energy, motivation, and momentum for learning. Traditional teaching is way too often focused on keeping to an agenda both in time and with the learning activities. Cutting and working with cardboard creates a mess, but authentic and engaged learning is often messy. Learning is often a messy business.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old


Web filtering does vary dramatically from elementary, middle, to high school – however, it offers additional aspects often forgotten that are equally optimal for students of any age. Technology is now integrated into daily life at a very young age, leaving even elementary school students at risk for cyberbullying. Blocking sites like social media and gaming (especially for younger children) keeps students focused on learning.

Blended Learning – How to Make it Work in the Classroom.


A teacher has to teach over 20 students with different learning styles, skills and priorities, which is a challenging task, especially when the classroom time is limited. To enhance the learning environment with technology and use the classroom time more wisely teachers start implementing additional types of activities such as working in groups, collaborative learning, independent preparation at home, and, in doing so, unwittingly start using the blended learning approach.

Building Coding Skills Through Playful Learning

Teaching computer coding skills and concepts in the primary grades may sound like a challenge, but now there are hands-on activities and age-appropriate software that engage young students in this type of learning. edWeb Blog coding computer science early learning

How K–12 Schools Can Create Flexible Seating in the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

New K–12 pedagogies that focus on collaborative work and learner-centered education require schools to redesign their classrooms with the aim of encouraging these new curricula. The traditional classroom setup, with rows of desks and a board up front, has become, in many cases, too rigid to accommodate the next generation of K–12 learning. A flexible seating arrangement is a key part of this new, modern learning environment.

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How to Build Your PLN

Ask a Tech Teacher

’ You might even understand the purpose of a PLN–to provide educators with a collaborative learning environment–but think you don’t need one, or staff development provided by your school is all you can handle. Johnson (2013), a PLN is: “a self-created set of experts, colleagues, and resources…that meet one’s daily learning needs.”. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

Prior to participating in a blended-learning pilot, Angela Jones, a teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, had already started putting a great deal of effort into personalizing learning for her students, despite limited access to learning software and devices at the time. Jones said the playlists are not typically personalized at the elementary school level, so most students share the same set of tasks within the playlist.

Vernier Software & Technology Takes Science to the Next Level

eSchool News

To further support collaborative STEM learning, Vernier Software & Technology recently launched LabQuest 3. To learn more about LabQuest 3, visit

The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections

For many students school has become an irritating experience grounded in boring lessons and learning activities. In many cases elementary schools have even taken fun out of school for kids by cutting recess. In the end, students, especially those most at-risk based on learning needs, have immensely suffered. If not, their motivation to learn in all their other classes will wane resulting in either a lack of effort or desire to even attend school.

Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

The Hechinger Report

I visited many elementary and middle schools where students, with bulging headphones wrapped over their heads, stared at separate computers, each learning something different at the same moment. Others were jumping ahead to concepts that were grade levels ahead of what they would traditionally be learning. Along with this rise in high-tech individualized — or personalized learning as it often called — there has also been a backlash.

How Modern Learning Environments Support Numerous Pedagogies

EdTech Magazine

How Modern Learning Environments Support Numerous Pedagogies. When Neosho Junior High School teachers and students moved into a sleek, new campus last August, they said goodbye to traditional classrooms and hello to modern learning spaces that encourage mobility, collaboration and new ways of learning. features spacious, glass-walled classrooms that open into common learning areas. Our goal is to enhance learning, and it works.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Professional Learning Communities. A safe and cooperative climate for learning. Support and training to promote continual professional learning.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services.

Future Ready Flexible Classrooms

There is no box

I’ve been meaning to write a post about our path down the flexible learning spaces journey and today coincidentally found myself having to write something on the topic for my LEC PLL course. We know that desks in rows do not lend themselves to collaborative learning. So we collaborate with a furniture distributor that specializes in flexible learning environments in schools. We learn a lot about furniture.

Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2018

Technology Tidbits

Book Creator - A fantastic mobile (iOS/Chrome) app for creating stunning eBooks/presentations, that can be used for digital storytelling, project based learning, and more. Dystopia 2153 - An innovative new site that teaches programming/coding through the use of game based learning and graphic novels. TypeTastic - The best site around for student's K-12 (w/ educational portal) learning how to type/keyboard. It's the time of year again for my favorite annual sites and apps.

Reinvigorate Creativity and Confidence with STEAM

In a recent edWebinar , “Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School,” educational technology experts described how enriching STEAM-based learning experiences can enhance the socio-emotional skills students need to succeed now into the future.

Collaborative Coaching Models: EdTechTeam Dynamic Learning Project


Many school districts are investing in coaching, believing correctly that it has the ability to transform teaching and learning, ultimately leading to powerful outcomes for the students in our schools. After being hired, many coaches are left to design their own methods of coaching, learning from trial and error to determine what does and does not work to improve instruction. However, my district had a coaching model, coaching mentoring, and ongoing coaching collaboration.

The Open Classroom: A Perspective on Differentiated Instruction

Leadership Lounge

In the 1960s, when America became frightened by the Soviets' rapid space advancements during the Cold War, educators pushed new approaches on how students should be taught and how they should learn. "New math" pedagogy was introduced in the elementary schools in the early '60s with very sketchy results. Math rods and other visuals replaced rote learning seemingly overnight. We can individualize and personalize learning.

Educators as Learning Catalyst Collaborators

Tech Helpful

Collaborator - Educators dedicate time to collaborate with both colleagues and students to improve practice, discover and share resources and ideas, and solve problems. Educators: Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology. Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.

Understanding The Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend

The CoolCatTeacher

With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” In 2013-2015 he taught 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. He is the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate and assess learning.

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This global classroom features Mystery Skype and collaboration projects

eSchool News

“Students need to learn at a young level that they have similarities and differences” with students from Mexico, Ireland, Kazakhstan and other countries, she said. ” Her experiences with the new and growing field of global education caught the attention of Julie Lindsay, an Australian teacher, author and founder of Flat Connections , an online collaboration program. “They learn things you might not expect,” she said.

Powerful Mindsets: The 4 C's through Breakout EDU


I want learning to be engaging and thought provoking. When I decided to present Breakout EDU to Teachers, it was solely for the purpose of measuring the 4 Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity). We are a 4 Cs school district that embraces strategic processes to cultivate student-centered learning opportunities. The lack of effective collaboration for our Littles can quickly evolve into power struggles.