Throughout history there are examples where collaboration has enabled people to achieve in ways that they could not possibly reached on their own. Collaboration encompasses all disciplines and time frames. Some examples of collaboration through history include the Wright Brothers achieving flight or partnership of fifteen nations to create the International Space Station or more contemporary examples such as the development of Wikipedia.
For many students, collaboration is not intuitive and the teacher is required to help them to establish norms and protocols to help them achieve their learning goals through collaboration.
Video Playlist: Collaborative Learning Techniques
Watch this series of clips to see a a range of activities to begin establishing ways in which students can start to work together.
How does collaboration enhance and develop partnerships between learners, teachers and communities?
Consider the following:
- How often will students work with the other collaborators in the project?
- What type of collaboration will students be involved in?
- With whom will students be collaborating?
- How will students work with or contact the other collaborators in the project?
- How will the learning be communicated to parents and caregivers?
- Will they collaborate class-to-class, team-to-team, or student-to-student?
- What is the role of the teacher as an activator of learning throughout the collaborative process?
- What is the role of the teacher as a co-learner?
- Do the learners need support in working together? What scaffolds or protocols can be provided?
Video: iPad Orchestra at Boneo Primary School
Watch how the students at Boneo PS collaborate to create an iPad orchestra.
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