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Transcript of Faculty Collaboration
Teaching is no longer textbook orientated
It is much more than this now that there are many innovative technological collaborative tools available around the world
Interactions among teachers and colleagues has grown due to technological collaborative tools
Meaning of collaboration and collaboration tools
Then and Now
Now with common core, teachers are focused in getting students to reach proficiency in math and reading. Working collaboratively is one strategy which has evolved during the past couple of years. Teachers today are using Web 2.0 which according to Charles and Dickens (2012) is “web-based technologies such as blogs, vlogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, and collaboration tools that allow users to read, write, and interact on the Internet” (p. 25).
When these tools are used correctly, they open up a world of information to the teachers and make their jobs easier. Teachers can be hesitant to rely on new technology but with proper leadership, example and in-service opportunity, Web 2.0 tools can become easy to use resources
Herrington, Herrington,Kervin, & Ferry, B. (2006).
There is also a strong link between teacher collaboration and student achievement. When teachers are able to collaborate they are able to help each other become better teachers for their students. The by product of helping each other become better teachers is increased teacher retention rates (Futernick,, 2007). This is the positive effect of feeling connected. The disconnected individual is more likely to be unhappy and manifest "erratic . and negative work environment behavior (Sinnott & Berlanstein, 2006).
There are many ways that faculty and teachers collaborate as well as many forms of collaboration.
A professional learning community (PLC) is essential in creating a learning environment which key focus is students’ learning.
There are a number of definitions for a PLC but all represent two common goals, which are collaboration and high quality learning experience for students.
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Name That Tool
What collaboration tool is used to share photos and videos with collegues and friends?
What tool is a web based processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form and data service offered by Google?
Teachers Pay Teachers
What tool is an open market place where teachers can sell and buy educational resources?
What is something that is used to do things together, whenever you are apart, a meeting, birthdays as well as working collaboratively with colleagues and friends from around the world?
What is a home for photos, documents and videos where you can access them anywhere as well as share with others?
What collaborative tool is used to present, story tell, has real time collaboration?
What collaborative tool connects learners with people and resources and allows teachers, students and parents to network in a secure manner?
What is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love, and users pin ideas to boards and others are able to follow?
Charles, K. J., & Dickens, V. (2012). Closing the Communication
Gap. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(2), 24-32.
Collaboration. 2013. In Merriam-Webster.com.Retrieved June
27, 2013 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacker
Hastings, R. (2009). Collaboration tools, 2.0 style. (4 ed., Vol. 45, pp. 19-27). Library Technology
Reports. Retrieved from http://libproxy.gmc.edu:2289/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=b627e052-a8b6-42c8-ae34-d2e3abc54ca5@sessionmgr12&vid=4&hid=20
Herrington, A., Herrington, J., Kervin, L., & Ferry, B. (2006). The Design of an Online Community of Practice for Beginning Teachers. Contemporary Issues In Technology & Teacher Education, 6(1), 120-132.
Light, Daniel. (2012). Principals for Web 2.0 Success. Learning and Leading with Technology,
What is collaboration. Retrieved June 27, 2013 from http://
. What is Collaboration. Retrieved June 27, 2013 from:http://www.aiim.org/What-is-Collaboration
What is Collaboration?
the work and activity of a number of persons who individually contribute toward the efficiency of the whole (Merriam-Webster, 2013)
online meetings, instant messaging
books and more books...
Then and Now
File Storing and Sharing
Real Time Video Conferencing
Social Network for Education
Purchasing Ideas and Documents
These are Not the
Boards and Idea Sharing
Faculty increasingly do much of their work, i.e, teaching, researching, and writing with collaborative tools. This is due to the rapidly changing technologies. Teachers can be hesitant to rely on new technology but with proper leadership, example and in-service opportunity, Web 2.0 tools can become easy to use resources (Light, 2012).
The growth of collaboration is not limited to the academic sector. Education is in the midst of a larger movement that is sweeping across our society. For example, collaboration is increasingly prevalent in business, health care, and public policy work. Turbulent work environments and rapidly changing technologies are some of the factors that are making collaboration more attractive to faculty and society in general.
This realization coupled with the need to simply keep up with the students faculty teach is reason enough to collaborate at an even greater rate than what is currently taking place with faculty. From floppy disc, file cabinets, bulletin boards and face to meetings all the way to Dropbox, Pinterest and Skype, times have changed and it is imperative for educators to take advantage of the positive tools that accompany this change.
Futernick, K. (2007). A possible dream: Retaining
California teachers so all students learn.
Sacramento: California State
Sinnott , J., & Berlanstein, D. (2006). The importance of
feeling whole: Learning to "feel
connected," community, and adult development. (pp. 381-400). New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, Inc. Retrieved from
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Use of Online
Collaboration Tools is
rising every day!
Pinterest - 1090 users a minute
Flickr - 3125 photos uploaded
As a teacher, what collaboration tools do you use and how do you use them to help you as a teacher?