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- 1. Collaborative Environments
Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century (Cox, 2009, p. 11)
Stephanie A. Jones, Ph.D.
Georgia Southern University
- 2. Collaboration is
Working jointly with others in some endeavor.
In the physical world..
- 3. In the virtual world
- 4. 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
- 5. Key Attributes
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.
- 6. Benefits of Collaborative Tools
Facilitates critical thinking
Crosses geographic barriers thus enabling global initiatives
Facilitates connections with experts
Facilitates review and assessment of student work
- 7. 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
- 8. Collaborative environments exist in a myriad of forms:
Simple web-based tools for collaborative work
Social networking platforms
Classroom management systems
Multiplayer gaming environments
Lets look at some learning examples.
- 9. Voicethread
- 10. Wikispaces
- 11. Mindmeister
- 12. Go Exploring
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- 13. Who knows where you might go!