Connect - Construct - Collaborate
Learners are becoming increasingly disengaged and disenfranchised as they turn up to school each day and have to leave behind their multimedia, 24/7, team orientated virtual/real world, where their requirements are met on an personalised and tailored basis and they have complete control of their own communication and learning environment. (Mark Treadwell School V2.0)
There is persuasive evidence that cooperative teams achieve at higher levels of thought and retain information longer than students who work quietly as individuals. The shared learning gives students an opportunity to engage in discussion, take responsibility for their own learning, and thus become critical thinkers (Totten, Sills, Digby, & Russ, 1991).


As was suggested by Neal Cross, Microsoft at the EBC 2008 - Collaboration is.....basically getting things out of your head and sharing them with others!!!


The keynote address at the NECC 2008 conference was delivered by James Surowiecki.  He is the author of "The Wisdom of Crowds" and outlined many examples of how the collective intelligence of a group is smarter than the intelligence of the smartest person in the group.  Problem solving in groups works!!!


Adopting a colloborative approach alongside an inquiry learning process requires educators to rebalance their roles as both leader/director and facilitator. The direct instruction of the learner has historically been the prevailing "modus operandi" for most educators.


The inquiry learning process requires educators to take on a more facilitatory role within the classroom, guiding learners and providing them with an environment that encourages them to become increasingly more self-motivated lifelong learners.  Working collaboratively requires a well structured approach and sound classroom management, but the results do bear fruit.


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