Wakelet Ambassador Dr Randall Sampson lists 10 brilliant ways to engage your students with collaboration on Wakelet!
Every teacher knows that time is the biggest commodity of all. We seldom have the appropriate amount of time to talk to our colleagues, let alone exchange ideas about our best practices; we crave that essential human interaction and collaboration. The big takeaway from meeting with our colleagues is the ability to exchange ideas and build upon what our colleagues have found to be working in their best practices.
We are human beings; we leverage technology in order to firmly engage in our learning and living experiences. But at the core of it all, we are human. The natural instinct of humans is to forge a common bond with each other; working together. From our primal instincts as “hunters and gatherers,” we have evolved in the depth of our innovation and the application of learning. Our primal “hunter and gatherer” instincts are used for survival; our evolution toward the curation of experiences and usable knowledge is our enhanced instincts for innovation. The human learning experience improves, as a result of meaningful and deeper engagement in a task. With or without technology, human beings are innately wired to learn and live collaboratively; better together.
“So, why not have collaborative learning experiences in schools?”
In many schools, students are using instructional technology to enhance their personalized learning experiences. The personalized learning theory calls for each learner to experience a pathway of learning that is customized for/by a specific learner’s needs. Such adaptive personalized learning can lead to an isolation approach in the learning and living experience. The unexpected consequence of personalized digital learning can be more isolated learning; students are craving more collaborative learning time during the school day. Sitting still and listening to a lecture for six-hours each day is a hard proposition for any classroom.
Through the use of the Wakelet Collaboration feature, students are working together to reinvigorate the natural collaborative learning experience. As students collaborate, they labor together as willing participants. When students work collectively toward their common purpose, this rich learning magic begins to percolate. Through the Wakelet Collaboration feature students hunt and gather information to create new learning content. It just feels so good to work toward a common purpose with our human counterparts. The Wakelet Collaboration experience is the hi-powered octane that fuels student engagement.
Music, Fun, and Food seems to be three consistent ingredients that spur student engagement. Teachers can use the Wakelet Collaboration feature to invigorate the classroom learning culture, in order to connect students to their purpose.