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There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”.  Consider collaboration in recent history:  Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google).

But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing?  Yes, those two were of course, Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft.

Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually.  Why is this so?

Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas”.  Perhaps information that is discussed is retained in long term memory.  Research by Webb suggests that students who worked collaboratively on math computational problems earned significantly higher scores than those who worked alone.  Plus, students who demonstrated…

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The morphing of teaching

When I think of my current role as a lead learner in schools I see that there are parts of teaching and learning that will stay the same for some time to come. The part I am interested in today, is the morphing of the role required to take full advantage of the digital renaissance. Increasingly individualised instruction and experiences that prepare young people for the world simply requires us to intentionally design learning. Designed learning that engages them WITH their many worldS. In ways that are connected to their context. Teacher as designer, guide, mentor, coach, CONNECTOR. Let’s see how this turns out.Image