Monday, May 11, 2015

Collaboration Resources for the Modern Learner

When you evaluate a new resource for classroom use it is important to first look at the skills that can be connected to the tool. Many tools fail when the teacher or class simply use them as a way to distribute content in a different way. Understand that this is not always the case and sometimes a lesson at the substitution level of the SAMR model can be incredibly effective. 
Whenever I look for a new tool to share with staff or use in my classroom I want to know how it can support and build essentials skills before I think about content. I always try start with how a tool can support one or more of the 4Cs. 
The first skill I frequently start with is collaboration.

Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students will:
  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
  • Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

With the help of my incredible PLN, I've compiled a list of tools that can support collaboration in classrooms and for professional development. 
Check out these resources in this collaborative Google Doc: 
Collaboration Tools to Support the 4Cs and Student Growth

What other tools can you recommend to build collaborative skills with students and staff?