Week 10: Classroom technology and collaboration

Blog: In what ways will you be able to help your students collaborate using technology? Remember to look at the posts of others and add any relevant comments.

I think understanding the difference between cooperative learning and collaborative learning (Sing, Wei-Ying, Hyo-Jeong and Mun, 2011) could be very useful in being able to establish group work from year 7 so that students can, at first, learn to work cooperatively, progressing to more freely structured collaborative learning, which has been shown to increase learning outcomes (Zhang, Scardamalia, Reeve and Messina, 2009).

In my science teaching, I could utilise some of the plethora of web 2.0 resources to facilitate cooperation and collaboration in problem-based learning tasks. I have found some excellent resources through the Scootle site (Education Services Australia, 2017). This would be supported by utilising Google Classroom (Google, n.d.) to facilitate collaboration in experiments and problem-solving tasks. Through Google Classroom, work groups can be set up and tasks can be completed collaboratively through Google Docs. These resources could be used as structured tasks for cooperative learning, or, alternatively, as a basis for students to generate and investigate their own questions in collaborative tasks.

It would also be good to discuss cooperative and collaborative learning with colleagues so that, as a department, teachers could be working towards including truly collaborative tasks within lessons – these could also be larger, multi-disciplinary projects.


Education Services Australia. (2017). Scootle. Retrieved from https://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/p/home.

Google. (n.d.). Google Classroom. Retrieved from https://classroom.google.com.

Sing, C. C., Wei-Ying, L., Hyo-Jeong, S., & Mun, C. H. (2011). Advancing collaborative learning with ICT: conception, cases and design. Singapore: Ministry of Education.

Zhang, J., Scardamalia, M., Reeve, R., & Messina, R. (2009). Designs for collectivecognitive responsibility in knowledge building communities. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 18(1), 7‐44.



3 thoughts on “Week 10: Classroom technology and collaboration

  1. The introduction of technology has definitely made collaborative learning more accessible to both students and teachers. Many of the resources you have mentioned would help this form of learning work seamlessly.
    I believe that students even younger than Year 7 can be introduced to the ideas of collaborative learning. The skills the students learn in this form of learning will help them in many different areas throughout their life.



    1. Absolutely Jessica! I just mentioned from year 7 as I am going to be teaching secondary, not primary. Start the collaboration as early as possible, I say.


  2. Hi Jonathan

    That is a very good approach. It is similar to scaffolding a science lesson however, you are scaffolding and structuring group work to develop collaboration as students move up through the years from year 7 to 10. As part of science teaching we will have lots of practicals with our students. What technologies do you think could promote collaboration in the context of laboratories? I suggested data loggers but I would like to know your point of view.


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