Monday, January 26, 2009

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative learning is not a new concept. Designing learning situations where students work together to achieve designated goals has been a long term instructional strategy. Research reminds us that effective learning groups are well structured and rely on positive interdependence, social interaction skills and accountability to assure success for all participants.

With these guidelines in mind, consider the expanded options for cooperative learning groups. Updated connectivity and global technologies make local and international collaboration equally accessible. Students can establish shared bookmark sites and online calendars to manage project tasks. They can use video conferencing tools to meet across the miles. Students can work together to complete quests online or in a virtual world.

As educators we have the opportunity to align with colleagues across the hall or across the globe to remove the walls and expand the outlook of our students. Let's think beyond our past experiences and embrace the power of technology.

Let's rethink the possibilities.

Based on content found in: Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement written by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock and Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works written by Howard Pilter, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, Matt Kuhn and Kim Malenoski

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