Communication and Collaboration

September 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today we begin our 5 day exploration of tools that support communication and collaboration.
PART ONE: Technology-supported communication and collaboration 
After reading Egbert’s Chapter 3 – Supporting Student Communication – what questions did you have about communication and collaboration? How would you describe communication using your own words?  What about collaboration? What are the key benefits of having a collaborative approach in the classroom?
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We will take a pop quiz on the reading of Communication and Collaboration. To take the quiz, we will use the real time student response system called Socrative. It is like Clicker but it can be accessed from your laptop, iPad, and smart phones.
  1. Go to
  2. Enter the room number: 602551 and join the room.
  3. Wait for the teacher to begin activity.
  4. Take the quiz.
  5. Submit the quiz.
NETS Standard for Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

This is what is expected of 21st century learners. How can a teacher do this and still make sure students understand shapes, the causes of the Civil War, parts of speech, and the phases of the moon? And don’t forget – they are supposed to differentiate, be culturally responsive, make sure materials are accessible to all students and a host of other expectations. Oh – and the learning should be engaging to students!  Can technology help or hinder the process of communication and collaboration in K12 learning environments?

Let’s watch a video of a classroom project that focuses on communication and collaboration.




PART TWO: Communication and Collaboration Toolkit

There are many tools that support communication and collaboration – so many that it can be difficult to keep them organized. For this project, you’ll collect 10 tools that support communication and collaboration.

On your own:

  1. Determine how you want to organize your work: Pinterest,, etc.
    • View an example of a Communication and Collaboration Toolkit from Maymester.
  2. Begin exploring the web for websites and apps that support communication and collaboration in K12 classrooms. Here are a few starting points:
  3. As you find your 10 tools, add them to your organizer (Pinterest or or whatever you decided to use) and write a detailed description of how each tool could be used to support communication and collaboration. Talk about how the tool supports the NETS for Communication and Collaboration and/or one or more of the characteristics of Meaningful Learning with Technology. Remember, you are selecting high quality tools, not just the first 10 you find, and what you say about the tool is just as important as the tool itself.
  4. When you have completed pinning (describing) your tools, add a link to your portfolio. Add Communication and collaboration page on your portfolio and link to the specific board, not your entire account.


1.  If you haven’t done so already, Read Ch 3 from Egbert, J. (2009). Supporting learning with technology : essentials of classroom practice. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall. You can find this chapter in our class dropbox folder.
2. Have at least 5 tools added onto your Communication and Collaboration Toolkit.

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