3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 2, 2013 12:05 AM by Lynne Hoffman RSS

What tools are you using to teach collaboration?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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Collaboration is one of the important 21st century learning skills for students.  As educators focus on a more project-based approach to learning, students can use collaboration to develop higher level thinking skills, a deeper understanding of content, and a greater awareness of global learning.  Teachers can plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools that help students organize their ideas.

In his Tech & Learning blog post--"Three Tools Students Can Use for Collaborative Brainstorming on the Web" (January 10, 2013)--Richard Byrne shared three online collaborative tools that can help students organize their ideas on the web for a research project. 

  • Realtime Board - a free tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions that can be shared publicly or privately
  • Spider Scribe- an online mind map creation service that can be used individually or collaboratively; users can add images, maps, calendars, text notes, and uploaded text files to their mind maps
  • Lucidchart- an easy-to-use tool for creating flowcharts, mindmaps, and graphic organizers

Please share your experiences using these three tools.  What other collaboration activities do you use with your students? 

Do you have additional online collaborative tools that you would recommend using with students?


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