Module 3
Using Tablet for Collaborative Learning

In the video below Katja introduces the topic of the module 3: the collaborative learning. These are the learning objectives:
1. Understanding of the concept of collaborative learning and how tablets can support this;
2. Reflected on strategies to develop effective group work;
3. Knowledge of at least a small number of apps that can be used for collaborative learning;
4. Identified some approaches for effectively assessing group work

3.1 Introduction to collaborative learning

I think that collaboration should be set into a pedagogic perspective in which we have to evaluate the differents theories about learning. In this case my choice is for an approach based on constructivism and connectivism. Constructivism suggests that the meaning and the knowledge are the result of a process of social collaboration and creation of meaning of the learners. Connectivism focuses on technologically enhanced and networked learning. Below you can see an infographic about the main learning theories from Teachthought.

Theories of Learning

The Question
How do you form groups of students for group work and why do you take this approach?
Normally I discuss with my students about objectives and work outputs before to form groups, then I leave them free to form groups and roles by themself. I decide some conditions as the deadline, the mains steps of the work, the standards of the final digital object, etc. One of the best collaborative learning activities that I remember is the production of videos about Plato's Myths.
The work was very complex, The students had to make: the adaptation of the platonic text, the storyboard, find a good location for shooting, play a character, shooting of the actions, post production and video editing. Then they published the film on YouTube. these are the videos

3.2 Student collaboration with tablets

The questions of this section are two:
1. How do you keep your students focused and on track during collaborative projects?
2.How do you ensure all students contribute to the task?

I'm Agree with Eleni Kabaraki, Jennifer, Paola Sinigaglia and many others collegues. Give students some advices and standards clear and definite as:
time limit,
tasks and roles for everyone,
formative evaluation of the students progress.
To Achieve these objectives is essential an approach based on blended learning. Blended Learning mixed with mobile learning allows teacher to support students in a personalized way and in modality anywhere, anytime. For maximize this strategy is necessary an online learning environment made as personal learning network.

I use a blog, a forum and many others web services and web applications. This link below is a Mindomo map of the learning environment that I use with my students.

In this other link you could find the educational web apps that I always use with my students. I made this collection with Zeef, a web application for content curation. These applications allow the on line management of learning activities and they are necessary to keep students focused and on track during the collaborative project.

3.3 School-to-school collaboration with tablets

In this section the question is:
What do you think are the success factors for a school-to-school collaboration project?

3.4 Live Webinar & Case Study: Assessment of group work with tablets

This is a very interesting webinar about one of the greatest problem of  working in group with tablets: the assessment. I think that it is suitable to discern among various kinds of assessment: self - assessment, peer - assessment, teacher - assessment

These could be some methods to evaluate the different kinds of activities:
1. self assesment: a diary to monitor student's improvement (process assessment) and a portfolio with the contents created by the student (product assessment);
2. sharing video, documents, images about groups activities and  discuss about them;
3. Web tools to assessment formal and informal, like: Socrative, Kahoot, Edueto, Quizizz.

3.5 Apps for collaborative learning

These are some web tools for collaboration activities that i use in my teaching activity

Zeef is a web tool for content curation that allows also collaboration. In the link below you could find an article about zeef wrote by me in Insegnati 2.0 a digital magazine about teaching and learning in the digital age.

Pinterest allows students to curate topics in collaboration. Students make boards in which collect web resources, every link is called pin. This is a post from my blog about the use of pinterest in learning. In the post you can find one of my pinterest board about elearning

I found this interesting resource in Appitic, it's a useful list of many mobile apps for tablet (iOS) ordered for Bloom's taxonomy, I review it in my topic on scoop.it: AulaMagazine

3.7 Module 3 activity

My answers to the module questions:

Question 1
How do you form groups of students for group work and why do you take this approach? Based on your experience what strategies of forming groups work and which do not work? Why?
Normally
# I discuss with my students about objectives and work outputs before to form groups;
# then I leave them free to form groups and roles by themself.
# I decide some conditions as the deadline, the main steps of the work, the standards of the final digital object, etc.
One of the best collaborative learning activities that I remember is the production of videos about Plato's Myths.The work was very complex, The students had to make:
# the adaptation of the platonic text,
# the storyboard, # find a good location for shooting,
# play the characters,
# shooting scenes,
# post production and video editing.
Then they published films on YouTube.

Question 2
How do you keep your students focused and on track during collaborative projects? How do you ensure all students contribute to the task?
I'm Agree with Eleni Kabaraki, Jennifer, Paola Sinigaglia and many others collegues. Give students some advices and standards clear and definite as:
# time limit,
# tasks and roles for everyone,
# formative evaluation of the students progress. To Achieve these objectives is essential an approach based on blended learning. Blended Learning mixed with mobile learning allows teacher to support students in a personalized way and in modality anywhere, anytime.

3.8 Module 3 quiz

Test done
Your result in the test was: 83%
You have passed the test.