Collaboration is one of the essential ingredients to fostering 21st-century skills and deeper learning in the classroom.
The Harvard education specialist, Tony Wagner, has argued that, because knowledge is now available on every internet-connected device, the ability to collaborate has become far more essential for the students than academic knowledge.
Did you know that it was a collaborative school computer club that brought together two minds that would change the future of technology forever? Those two minds were Paul Allen and Bill Gates, the founders of Microsoft. Collaboration does not just fuel the emotional and social skills – it fuels innovation.
So, here are the tech tools for facilitating collaboration and fuelling innovation in the classroom:
Google Apps for Education
The Google Drive apps help the students and teachers to collaborate more effectively on papers, presentations, and spreadsheets. The beauty of the Google Suite for Education is: several people can contribute simultaneously, so it is truly designed for collaboration.
There is a limit of 50 simultaneous collaborators for the Google Sheets and Docs, so there is a space for an entire class. There is a limit of 200 total viewers and editors in the Google Sheets and Docs.
Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system that gives educators an engaging way to test the knowledge of their students. Teachers and educators LOVE Kahoot. It can be used to boost collaboration by encouraging students to be the leaders and “quiz makers”: to create, research and present their own quizzes to the class.
FlipGrid is a video discussion community for your classroom that uses the student voices to promote collaboration, discussion, and engagement. With the help of FlipGrid, you can type a question and create a link for a grid. Students respond to the question in the video formats and are added to the grid of all the responses. FlipGrid is a great way to build the communicational skills of your students while facilitating collaboration.
MindMeister is a collaborative web-based tool that helps groups to brainstorm on one “mind map” document during the early phases of group work. Students can continue to use the document for collaborating during the course of a project. MindMeister teaches students to work as a team to manage and plan projects efficiently and to break complex tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts.
Google Meet is a great way to bring remote groups of students together to communicate and collaborate. With the help of Google Meet, inviting a guest speaker into the classroom has never been easier… Google Meet enables anyone from around the world to visit a school. You can also use the Meet on Air to record video so that you can record the day’s class and post a link to it on your class website for the students that were absent.