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Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning takes place through devices that allow collaboration and interaction, and encompasses any virtual space where students can meet and learn – as long as that space is accessible from anywhere.

The ease of accessing email and social networks means that students are more likely to use them to ask questions and share information.

However, collaborative learning is more than just social networks – it’s also about the changes taking place in knowledge consumption.

Benefits

  • Works with the tablet features such as mobility and flexibility to make it easier to exchange knowledge.
  • Students are easily exposed to different points of view.
  • Helps to increase engagement since students are working with tools that they already use outside of school.
  • Enhance student digital literacy skills.

Edmodo: a collaborative learning platform

Edmodo is seen as the “Facebook for Schools”, and for good reason. Teachers and students can create private groups for online discussions, but both teachers and parents can monitor and control the extent of the learning.

Edmodo mirrors a secure offline classroom – kids can only communicate (moderated) with each other or the teacher.

Resources

  • Schoology: a fully-hosted course management system with added social networks.
  • Both Edmodo and Collaborize Classroom are full-fledged social learning platforms (or collaborative education platforms). They often offer blogging capability, discussion forums, and classroom pages.
  • Twiducate: this social networking platform calls its discussion space a “walled garden” for safe collaboration.
  • My Big Campus: a safe collaborative environment that offers “all the tools you need” for effective social learning

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This content has been edited and checked by Tim Cross, our Techknowledge Ambassador & Strategic Leader for the use of technology for the Leigh Academies Trust.

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