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Collaboration using technology can provide a rapid response rate and a wider audience compared to our traditional communication methods of face-to-face or telephone discussions. In the article Digital Generation Theme: Collaborating (Edutopia, 2009) states that students can present their ideas to a large online community and get immediate feedback. The social negotiation of ideas may also trigger further actions, experimentation, collecting data, review of literature or consultation with experts (Singapore Ministry of Education, 2011, p.7). Roblyer & Doering (2014) suggests that students collaboration can promote communication, encourage reflection, and provide a wealth of information to support students’ research (p.368). These are all important accepts of Design and Technology studies and will support students in developing a refine design concept. Owen-Jackson (2015) confirms that in Design and Technology when students collaborate through social media sites, access to a breadth of information increases which can replicate the way that designers work in the industry (p.165).

Block (2014) describes how his classroom was transformed from a random collection of individuals into a supportive learning community, exchanging ideas enhancing student’s final products. The ability to create a strong collaborative culture within the classroom will take time to refine and develop into classroom trust. Singapore Ministry of Education (2011) suggest that rather than focusing on how ICT enables talk among students, consider how the features of ICT tools can influence the course of collaboration (p.21).

Block (2014) suggests some collaborative scenarios for the classroom can include:

  • Investigation of an issue
  • Exchange of ideas
  • Sharing and delegation of tasks
  • Peer review
  • Feedback on a final product.

References:

Edutopia. 2009. Digital Generation Theme: Collaborating. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/digital-generation-collaborating

Owen-Jackson, G. 2015. Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School. A Companion to School Experience Learning to Teach Design and Technology in the Secondary School.

Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. 2014. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition, 6th Edition, Pearson. ISBN: 978-1-292-02208-6

Singapore Ministry of Education. 2011. Advancing Collaborative Learning with ICT: Conception, Cases & Design. Retrieved from http://ictconnection.moe.edu.sg/ictconnection/slot/u200/mp3/monographs/advancing%20collaborative%20learning%20with%20ict.pdf

 

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