Tag archives for Collaboration

  1. Learning is a consequence of thinking. —David Perkins, Smart Schools

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    Professional learning communities are more myth than reality if teachers operate independently and in isolation from each other (Hord, 1997). Working productively in such groups requires the ability to justify ideas and to test the feasibility of solutions on others. It also requires the openness and willing spirits of individuals to accept feedback from their […]

  2. The Complexity of Thinking Together: The Emotional Challenges of the Socail Brain

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    I might not know; I have to think in public; I might be wrong; I might be judged by others . . . Thinking with others does not necessarily come easy for any of us.  We may want to think well with others and at the same time we may look at thinking well together […]

  3. “You as a leader” . . . Questions to ask yourself . . .

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    This is not a complete list. Hopefully it has questions that will get you thinking about your current or future potential leadership service.   What are your dispositions as a leader? Do you see yourself as someone who can think interdependently? Do you see a need for and/or a value in – intentionally growing and […]

  4. Tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert

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    I really believe that tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert.  Given the fact that the federal government is likely to shut down tomorrow – I really believe that tomorrow literally and figuratively belongs to those that are will to to think interdependently. I don’t believe that for an effective collaboration […]

  5. STEM students can make a difference…introducing “The Air Force Collaboratory”

    If you have a classroom of high school students who are curious, innovative and thrive in a collaborative environment – check out this new online platform created by the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force Collaboratory.  The website, https://collaboratory.airforce.com, was developed to encourage STEM-inclined students and mentors to engage and work with the Air Force to […]

  6. How does important, complicated, and serious work get done?

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    Think putting a man on the moon. Think bring Apollo 13 home. Through collaboration!   Our times require us all to be willing, able and effective in our collaborations within and across networks.  We need to be explores of the power and potential of ‘interdependence’ because we and others are investors, owners, caretakers and creators […]

  7. Design Thinking: Where our thinking starts will effect where our thinking goes

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    There is a big difference between the probe “What’s wrong?” and the probe “What works?” Below you will find a graphic based on the thinking of a successful architect.  Peter Saurcerman,  an architect for 35 years in Northern California.  He believes that groups thinking together in response to the “What works?” probe will be more […]

  8. Groups – Cooperation – and the number of Women in the Group

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    According to Science Daily:“When it comes to intelligence, the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of its parts. A new study co-authored by MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Union College researchers documents the existence of collective intelligence among groups of people who cooperate well, showing that such intelligence extends beyond the cognitive abilities […]

  9. From a Competitive Contest to a Collaborative Learning Experience

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    Jeremy Rifkin is a best-selling author and one of the most popular social thinkers of our time.  In his book: The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis he presents a picture of our current civilization and questions the future if, in fact, citizens of the world do not become […]

  10. Thinking together, we can accomplish much!

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    I have been thinking a lot about what is takes to help adults develop the skills, dispositions and knowledge to intentionally think interdependently. Below, you will find some of my thoughts. Qualities of Effective Collaborators                  Actions to Positively Impact Your Skills  Appreciate the nature of adult learning Learn from or revisit the work […]

  11. Qualities of Effective Collaborators

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        Appreciate the nature of adult learning Embrace the uniqueness of each adult and interact in ways that sincerely appreciate and connect with the individual Celebrate the fact that your work requires effectively listening to and understanding the individuals you serve so that you can help them identify and connect with their specific growth Respect […]

  12. Tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert

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    I really believe that tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert. I don’t believe that for an effective collaboration to exist that everyone will have the same high level of commitment to every decision or action.  Yet, I do believe that as people work together there are times when a individual […]

  13. Effectively improving our thinking together requires developing our skills, dispositions and knowledge

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       I have been thinking alot about what is takes to help adults develop the skills, dispositions and knowledge to intentionally think interdependently.  Below, you will find some of my thoughts. Qualities of Effective Collaborators                 Actions to Positively Impact your skills Appreciate the nature of adult learning Learn from or revisit the work of […]

  14. LiveBinder Adds Collaboration +

    Mantz image LiveBinders was already a great tool when Dean Mantz wrote about Enhancing LiveBinders for accessing educational resources by grade level, managing uploaded files, and credits. Mantz is KS DEN LC Blog Chair and famous for running CIL back channels at whatever he attends, and he is a great innovator and sharer. He’s one […]

  15. Discovery Educator Exclusive Promotion

    DEN and SchoolTown Discovery Educators are the best! You teach with a special passion and commitment to engage students with knockout lessons featuring great multimedia resources. We made SchoolTown’s eLearning, sharing, and collaboration platform for you. SchoolTown helps you create digital courses to supplement your classroom where you can leverage resources like Discovery and any […]

  16. Virtual Visit With Jennifer Dorman: Transforming Student Learning

    Will our students be ready for a global workplace?   Transforming Student Learning with CBL Last year, Salisbury Township School District implemented Professional Learning Communities K-12 as a way for teachers to model the District’s Mission Statement: Inspire, Think, Learn, Grow ~ Together. And together we have learned and taught, researched and studied, traveled in […]

  17. Registration Open for FREE CECA Pre-Conference Day of Discovery, Saturday, October 16, 2010

    Discovery Education, Glastonbury Public Schools, and the Connecticut DEN Leadership Council are proud to present a CECA Pre-Conference Day of Discovery at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, CT on October 16, 2010. Designed specifically for Connecticut educators, this exciting and interactive day of professional development will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate curriculum […]

  18. Looking Back and Connecting

    Image by rmom352 via Flickr Even though most of us were not there at the DEN LC Symposium or the DEN Summer Institute, in Bentley University, we followed the discussions on various ways; Twitter, Edomodo, CoverItLive, Plurk and of course reading the blogs that were posted with tips, websites, videos and photos of the action. […]

  19. The DEN at BLC Boston 2010

    Thursday’s Keynote speaker at 2010 Building Learning Communities speaker was Dr. Michael Wesch – Asst professor of cultural anthropology and digital ethnography, Kansas State University, Manhatten, KS. Those sitting with me and I thought we didn’t know Wesch. As soon as he appeared we realized he is the creator of the viral video, A Vision […]

  20. Diigo 5.0 Buzz!

    Image via Wikipedia July 1, 2010 seems to be the new release day. I found this article while trying to Diigo something and the interface looked SO different, so I did some fast clicking and found out why. Since the news is barely 20 hours old (unless you were at #ISTE10), thought I would share […]