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Thursday, June 11 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
The 3 Educational Benefits for Students Collaborating Synchronously

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For good reason, collaboration is a key 21st century skill. The Common Core State Standards calls “collaboration” an Anchor Skill. NEA’s Partnership for 21st Century Skills includes “collaboration” as one of the 4Cs – a skill that is needed for success in our global marketplace. And, besides being an excellent process to solve a problem, synchronous collaboration, as we will describe in our presentation, can provide learners with three benefits.

But, teaching how and learning how to collaborate are real challenges! At the start of school in September, it has been our experience that students do not know how to engage in a productive collaborative conversation, e.g., invariably, we will hear one individual, supposedly engaged in a collaboration, say: “that’s a stupid idea.” But, with instruction – and with technological scaffolding – students can learn how to be good collaborators!

While Web 2.0 was all about support for asynchronous collaboration, Social 3.0, the next turn of the technological crank, will support synchronous collaboration. Indeed, we predict that within 4 years every webpage and every app will be collabrified!

Towards providing support for synchronous collaboration today, we have developed and are distributing free the Co.llaboration Suite of productivity apps for iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks… and more. Co.Write, Co.Map, Co.KWL, Co.Sketch, Co.Timeline, YesWeKahn are all collabrified and support students co-creating/co-editing and verbally talking together – in real time – whether face-to-face in a classroom, or when the students are not co-located (e.g., each is home at his/her kitchen table). The Co.llaboration Suite scaffolds learners by supporting the students as they engage in a “collaborative discourse pattern” (e.g., narrating, questioning, suggesting, revising) – the hallmark of good collaborative behavior. Based on teachers’ experiences who are using the Co.llaboration Suite of collabrified educational productivity apps, we will describe how the apps are being used effectively in classrooms today.

Learning is 24/7, all-the-time, everywhere. Learning need not be a solitary experience. Indeed, learning is in the conversation. The Co.llaboration Suite of productivity apps provides support for social, collaborative learning.

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Cathie Norris

Regents Professor, University of North Texas
Dr. Cathleen Norris is a Regents Professor in the College of Information, Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. For 14 years, Cathie taught high school math and computer science. She received the Dallas Public Schools highest honor for teaching, the Golden Apple Award. Drawing on those classroom teaching experiences, Cathie’s university research focuses on helping teachers weave mobile learning technologies... Read More →
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Elliot Soloway

Professor, Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center, University of Michigan
Dr. Elliot Soloway is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, with appointments also in the School of Education and School of Information, University of Michigan. For 15+ years, Dr. Soloway’s R&D efforts have been guided by the vision that mobile, low-cost, networked devices are the only way to truly achieve universal 1:1 in schools – all across the globe. In 2001, the UMich... Read More →

Thursday June 11, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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