Collaborating with Technology in the Classroom

Having students collaborate in the classroom is a valuable part of the learning process and one that can be supported and extended through the effective use of technology.  The intent of this posting is to share resources related to leveraging technology to support student collaboration.

A google doc has also been developed to share and add to a collection of useful tools for teachers related to student collaboration.  Please consider adding tools to the document or viewing the current collection.

View a polleverywhere wall, where participants at the following conference sessions shared their thoughts regarding why students should be collaborating in the classroom:

The following resources are tools and sites, as well as other samples, resources and items related to student collaboration in the classroom.

Tools to share online resources

  • QR Stuff – free QR code generator
  • Bitly – free URL shortener that also collects and saves links.  Sign on for a free account that lets you customize the URL name.
  • Storify – tool to collect and share links, videos and PDFs, as well as tweets and other social media posts, related to a particular topic

Collaboration Tools – these tools are also shared in a Storify page:

  • Polleverywhere – gather student responses through a variety of means (text, Twitter, online)
  • Kidblog – secure blogging platform for classes, with optimal controls for teachers
  • Edmodo – social media platform for teachers to create class spaces
  • Wikispaces – wiki platform to allow for student editing and co-creating
  • Google Forms – create quick feedback tools for students
  • Dropbox – create and share online folders for documents
  • Padlet – online bulletin board to post student responses

View the handout from our conference presentations on this topic.

Please also consider visiting a past post, where I shared a number of different online tools for the classroom.

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