Technology: A Tool for Creating Collaborative Learning Environments

Technology: A Tool for Creating Collaborative Learning Environments

Rita Gravina (The Bishop Strachan School, Canada) and Helena Pereira-Raso (The Bishop Strachan School, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1936-4.ch007
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Abstract

Collaboration is an important aspect of how our world functions today and an element at the core of rich learning opportunities. The role of educational institutions is one that provides provoking settings so that learning is deep and sustained well beyond the classroom walls. Learners are currently in a paradigm where they are able to learn at all hours of the day; they are no longer in a framework where learning is exclusive to a classroom. Teachers and students at The Bishop Strachan School are exploring this through the various uses of teaching and learning strategies and enriching these strategies with Web 2.0 applications. This chapter will present early explorations in the school with Wiki pages, social networking tools, such as NINGs, interactive timelines, and real-time applications, such as Google apps. Each of the cases provides an authentic learning experience for students and moves the student’s work out into the world.

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