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Day 4 – Collaborating BYOD4L

Well we are now on day 4 of the Bring Your Own Devices 4 Learning course and the aim of these blog posts are to help you in your teaching and academic practice. I must say I’m finding today’s post the most difficult to write so far but I think that’s because writing a blog every day is hard! Anyway, I hope you are finding these useful and don’t forget to check out the main BYOD4L course for more information.

Why?

Collaborative working underpins teaching and research. As a successful teacher you will regularly collaborate with colleagues and encourage collaborative behaviours in your students. The digital world has revolutionised collaboration, enabling us to interact and work with others more frequently and efficiently. Don’t get me wrong, face-to-face collaboration is still important in making the magic happen, but online tools can augment, consolidate and occasionally create a meaningful collaborative relationship.

How?

There are so many tools and ways we can collaborate, here’s just 3 examples to get you started:

  • The Google suite (docs, slides, sheets, spaces etc) is brilliant for collaborating. For example this teacher shared via Twitter that her students were creating collaborative lecture notes (see image below). I regularly use Google to collaborate on bid writing, teaching sessions and drafting papers so the possibilities are endless!

Twitter

  • Padlet is a fantastic tool for collaborative and active learning. For example you can split large groups up and each smaller group can be adding to the same Padlet that you can show at the front of class. No more death by flipchart feedback! More examples can be found here.
  • You might have come across the presentation tool Prezi before but did you know you can collaborate in real time on presentations? I’ve used this in the past to create conference workshop presentations, see this example. We were working real time on Prezi and phoning each other to discuss critical points.

What?

What you use or encourage your students to use to collaborate is guided by the activity. From sharing files and folders using cloud storage systems (think Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive) to generating collaborative mindmaps (think Spiderscribe, Popplet) digital collaboration can be used throughout your daily activities. Personally, I’m going to investigate the potential of Twiddla which seems a bit like Padlet but allows you to annotate and draw on the canvas. What are you going to collaborate on? Share your ideas and examples in the comments below, via #BYOD4L on Twitter or via the Google+ community


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