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Collaboration & Brainstorming

Reasons and Research – Why Schools Need Collaborative Learning Spaces

July 6, 2015

Creative Commons license image source There are Many Reasons Why Flexible, Active Learning Classrooms Should be Widely Adopted We’ve converted a few classrooms to more collaborative spaces over the last few years at The College of Westchester, and faculty reaction has generally been quite positive. These initial room changes have revolved around modifying the layout […]

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6 Collaborative Social Tools for Student Writing & Collaboration Lessons, Assignments

June 18, 2015

Collaborative Software With Social Functionality can be a Powerful Asset in the Classroom Teachers who have taken the dive into education technology have infinite teaching and learning possibilities at their fingertips. One category of technology tools that is often purposefully avoided as an instructional asset is social media. What can hardly be avoided, however, is […]

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Free Collaborative Mind Mapping With Mind42

June 2, 2015

Some of you may recognize Mind42 from the Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge … it was our feature tool a few weeks ago. Today I am introducing Mind42 here so all of our readers can give it a try if they wish. By the way, keep an eye out for an important email about the prizes that we’ll […]

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Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them Like a Boss

May 11, 2015

Tips and Resources for Using Free Video Conferencing Tools in Your Classroom Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a sick or disabled student to present from home and interact with the class, get to […]

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Twiddla – Online Collaborative White Board That’s Quick and Easy to Use

March 29, 2015

Did you Know you can Collaboratively Use an Online Whiteboard, and Even Markup Web Pages and Docs, for Free (and Fast)?! Seriously – enter Twiddla.com in a web browser, click on the green Go button … … and you’ll land on a White Board page that you can invite people to with ease, and you […]

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February’s Selected Innovative Learning and Education Technology Videos

February 26, 2015

Informative Videos From and About Excellent and Innovative Educators!   Remake Your Class: Planning for a Collaborative Learning Environment Edutopia follows a determined teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in San Francisco as he transforms his crowded classroom space to enable deeper learning. Collaboration Strategies in the Classroom “This video explores the concept of collaboration, both […]

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8 EdTech Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Interactive Classroom Collaboration

January 11, 2015

A Selection of Quick, Easy Approaches to Interactive Classroom Collaboration Have you thought about trying some sort of technology for interactive, collaborative activities in your classroom but held back because you were concerned about the time it would take to learn and set up? Or perhaps you were concerned about costs, or you just weren’t […]

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APP ED REVIEW Roundup for January – Collaborative Learning Apps

January 8, 2015

Start off the New Year by Exploring a set of Apps That Enable Collaborative Learning Technology is changing not only the instructional methods we use to teach our students, but it is changing the classroom and learning experience. Digital learning communities – virtual spaces where students can collaborate, assist in each other’s learning, and build […]

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Doodle – Silly Name, Powerful Tool (for Finding Times to Meet, Work)

November 20, 2014

This Free, Easy Application Makes it Snap to Find Times and Dates When Everyone in a Group is Available Have you ever found it frustrating trying to get a group together and not being able to find a date and time that works for everyone? Have you had to run around in circles chasing emails […]

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24 Examples of Using Hashtags for Teaching and Learning

November 9, 2014

So Many Hashtag Ideas and so Little Time! The “hashtag” ( “#”) has become the go-to hot key for trending topics and Twitter discussions. They’re prevalent on Twitter (where they got their start), but they have also seeped into Instagram, Google+, Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Tagboard and even come up in Google searches and Google […]

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