Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In today's world, collaboration from a distance is getting easier and easier. Thanks to Google Apps, it's possible to create and edit documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, etc., as a group, online! Video programs like Skype, Adobe Connect, or Zoom (which we got to experience as a class) allow groups to see their collaborators even though they may be miles (or continents!) apart. There are countless apps available for smartphones and tablets that allow you to talk through text, voice, or pictures and share things with others, such as Voxer, Kik, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and the list goes on and on.
It really is amazing to think about the number of tools that we have at our disposal to collaborate with others. Many of the resources that I listed above are already used by people to casually talk and share things with friends, family, classmates, or coworkers. However, any of these tools could be used to collaborate with peers. As educators, we need to be aware of all of the collaborative tools that are available to ourselves and to our students! The possibilities for digital collaboration are endless, and the tools are right at our fingertips.
Photo by William Brawley, Flickr.com, http://www.flickr.com/photos/williambrawley/4067629406/sizes/l/