Collaboration in the Classroom

Posted by Lauren Moffett on Tue, Jan, 14, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

The classroom has changed vastly within the last ten years. Anyone who attended school before the year 2000 will remember chalkboards (and the subsequent chalk dust that accompanies their use), one computer per classroom, and field trips to the school's computer lab. Lessons were based out of hand-me-down textbooks and graphing calculators were the highest level of technology you were able to get your hands on. Students used CDs to transfer information from computer to computer (floppy disks were also a popular means of doing so) and the Google homepage looked like this:

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Text messages consisted of creating an intricately folded note that was passed to the recipient of choice, not sent from a cell phone. The average classroom of today would look unrecognizable in comparison.

Technology in the Classroom Today:

In today’s classroom, technology is the name of the game, and many schools have realized this. Most students in the average classroom of today's society have direct access to a computer or laptop. Many school districts have even implemented a 'one-to-one learning program’, which ensures that all students in grade school are provided with a personal laptop. With great programs like these, students are now connected to each other and the world via this great technology and are able to access information beyond what anyone could have imagined.

Technology in the classroom promotes collaboration, a concept made popular in recent years that stresses on communication and interaction between students within the classroom setting. Collaborative learning has been replacing the traditional lecture format for classroom learning as technology becomes easier to obtain and more prevalent within the classroom. Research has shown that students retain more knowledge when they use multiple tools and change activities within the classroom, because it allows students to use more of their senses to compute the information. Using technology students are able to send information to each other and their teachers using various devices and tools; smart boards, tablets, computers, and smart phones are all used in group activities, to submit work, and to communicate.

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Nova Solutions Inc. has many options for your collaboration needs. Nova’s collaboration tables allow students to interact with each other in a cluster of seats that promote collaboration. Multiple Trolleys can be mounted in the various sizes and shapes of tables to create elegant groups within any room. 

Topics: Classroom, collaboration, computer