Brent and Ixchell break down the research and best practices behind groupwork, and what to do when students are reluctant to work in teams. They then lay out the response to the argument that if kids are working together in class, then they don’t need technology. Finally, they discuss some useful technology to ensure collaboration.
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What the Literature Says:
- Johnson, D. W., Johnson, R. T., & Smith, K. A. (2014). Cooperative learning: Improving university instruction by basing practice on validated theory. Journal on Excellence in University Teaching, 25(4), 1-26.
- Schwartz, Katrina. “Why Group Work Could Be the Key to English Learner Success.” KQED, KQED, 23 Feb. 2017, www.kqed.org/mindshift/47641/why-group-work-could-be-the-key-to-english-learner-success.
Brent and Ixchell discuss the idea that some teachers are resistant to using tech for group work because the students are together in the moment, so why do they need tech?
Amongst the good reasons are that tech creates an opportunity for equity, accountability, and the chance to revisit the ideas that groups came up with when students go home. It also allows for the teacher to go in at any time to see how work is moving along without necessarily hovering over the group.
Amongst the tools discussed are:
Ixchell: Jack Ryan, Season 2 on Amazon Prime
Brent: Trade Coffee subscription service (See Brent’s special page here)