Activity: Identify models of collaborative learning.


Book: Teaching For Intelligence, Darling-Hammond, Linda (p 93 Teacher Learning that Supports Student Learning):
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Website: Innovating Web-Based Collaborative Learning Model: Abstract: This paper presents a web-based collaborative learning model which emphasizes student-centered instruction. The procedure in this learning model consists of five steps: definition of learning task, team plan, collaborate research, achievement summary, and final assessment. Then the application structure of the web-based collaborative learning model is developed with latest information technology and data technology. A case based on the collaborative learning model is developed in the end, and the collaborative learning environment could foster students to be cooperative, caring, reflective, critical and creative.
Why Teachers Resist Collaborative Learning Techniques
Growing 21st Century Teachers Abstract:
How do education leaders effectively promote the knowledge, skills and sense of urgency for 21st Century teaching and learning among all the teachers in their schools?

The 21st Century Teacher
In our two-year pilot project funded by the Microsoft Partners in Learning program, the Alabama Best Practices Center sought to maximize our available resources by adopting a “champion-building” approach to spreading awareness and interest in Web-based teaching strategies.
We asked each principal in our 40 participating schools to select a five-teacher team to join our 21st Century Schools professional development community. Each team agreed to share what they learned with their own faculties, including the rationale behind the urgency for change, and the exciting possibilities of technology-infused learning.
This champion-building approach was most effective when principals followed our suggested guidelines for participant selection and chose teachers who were already comfortable with computers and the Internet. Our goal was not to train teachers to use technology (a massive undertaking far beyond our means) but to create “aha” moments among creative, forward-thinking teachers by introducing them to the concepts of “Classroom 2.0”. We hoped they would be intrigued by – and ultimately be champions for — the potential of blogs, wikis and other social networking tools to engage students in higher order learning experiences.

Edutopia PD Wiki
To see how Web 2.0 can help teachers improve their practice, explore the new “YouTube for educators.” At TeacherTube, you can peruse, rate and add to a mushrooming library of classroom-related media created by teachers. Plus you can network with other educators around interests. We give it 4.5 apples!

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