DAILY INSIGHT: Collaboration and project-based learning
Scot A. Graden, CIO Advisor
benefits of focusing on project-based learning is that the process
encourages collaboration. We have
found that some of our most engaging projects involve getting different grade
levels to collaborate with each other.
are focused on our state standards, or the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core,
the opportunities for cross-grade-level interaction are numerous. It is exciting to watch as older
students develop a sense of the necessary skills to help teach the younger
students the concepts.
budgets can make collaboration seem out of the question, leveraging
technology can be a solution. By using Skype, wikis, and collaborative tools
like Google Docs, you can eliminate time and travel hurdles. As with most good lessons, planning is
Here is a
short video about a collaborative project between a Saline High School
classroom and a 4th-grade classroom from one of our elementary
it is important we don’t forget the power of collaboration in the learning
Scot A. Graden is superintendent of Saline Area Schools in Mich.