Unit 1: Key Components of Designing and Implementing Collaborative Learning and Technology in the Classroom



Technology Supported Collaborative Learning

Course Objective

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and issues of implementing Technology Supported Collaborative activities into a unit through class discussions, and ultimately creating their own collaborative learning activity using technology.

Unit Objective

Students will be able to identify, by reading articles and discussing them in an online discussion group, key components of designing and implementing collaborative learning and technology in the classroom.

Articles on Designing

Reading the following articles on designing technology supported collaborative learning activities and use the information to formulate your thoughts in our discussion.


Click on the Link, [Unit 1 Discussion Questions], and respond and discuss the following questions:

1. In your opinion, what are the key components in designing an effective, high quality collaborative learning environment?

2. How can teachers monitor the learning process of the students through the activities?

*To start a new post, simply click on the red button titled "New Topic" in the upper left hand corner and begin typing.*

Examples of Possible Technologies

Here are some examples you can consider and research when designing your own technology supported collaborative learning lesson.

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  • iPad
  • iPod
  • TI-Nspire
  • Flip Cam
  • Voice Recorder


  • ToonDoo
  • Prezi
  • Powerpoint
  • yorkphoto
  • One-note
  • Tagxedo

Google Apps

  • Google Sites
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sketch-up
  • And many More!

Math Software

  • Mathbits
  • GeoGebra
  • Khan Academy
  • mangahigh.com

Social Media/Discussion Groups

  • Wikispaces
  • EduBlogs
  • Google Groups
  • Edmodo
  • Facebook
  • Pbworks - Basic Edition (free)

Interactive Sites

  • Brain Pop

Next Unit

Unit 2: Benefits and Potential Issues with Collaborative Learning and Technology