Future classroom learning places much importance on the ability to collaborate with others. The teamwork takes place while investigating, creating and presenting. The quality of collaboration is composed of ownership, shared responsibility and decision-making process within groups. ICT can help to create a richer way of communication and collaboration. Collaboration in the 21st century classroom is not limited to face-to-face and synchronous communication, but can take place online and also asynchronously.
Key points for Exchange
- Peer-to-peer collaboration: learning to communicate and work with others is probably one of the most valuable skills a child can learn. Extending this across the school (e.g. older students coaching younger students) can reinforce pupils' sense of social responsibility.
- Teamwork for better inclusion: working in groups can teach children to take into account differences between learners (e.g. gifted – less gifted).
- Learning by playing: playing is common to all children. Digital games and simulations can be used to introduce more engaging learning.
- Collaborating online: the exchange can be extended to after-school tasks with the aid of an online learning environment and supervised use of social networks.
- Letting ideas fly: brainstorming is a great group activity, allowing pupils to exercise their natural creativity and imagination.
- Interactive whiteboards
- Collaborative table with projector
- Mind-mapping software
- Brainstorming board/wall