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Misha Miller

Using Groups Effectively: 10 Principles » Edurati Review - 50 views

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    "Conversation is key . Sawyer succinctly explains this principle: "Conversation leads to flow, and flow leads to creativity." When having students work in groups, consider what will spark rich conversation. The original researcher on flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, found that rich conversation precedes and ignites flow more than any other activity.1 Tasks that require (or force) interaction lead to richer collaborative conceptualization. Set a clear but open-ended goal . Groups produce the richest ideas when they have a goal that will focus their interaction but also has fluid enough boundaries to allow for creativity. This is a challenge we often overlook. As teachers, we often have an idea of what a group's final product should look like (or sound like, or…). If we put students into groups to produce a predetermined outcome, we prevent creative thinking from finding an entry point. Try not announcing time limits. As teachers we often use a time limit as a "motivator" that we hope will keep group work focused. In reality, this may be a major detractor from quality group work. Deadlines, according to Sawyer, tend to impede flow and produce lower quality results. Groups produce their best work in low-pressure situations. Without a need to "keep one eye on the clock," the group's focus can be fully given to the task. Do not appoint a group "leader." In research studies, supervisors, or group leaders, tend to subvert flow unless they participate as an equal, listening and allowing the group's thoughts and decisions to guide the interaction. Keep it small. Groups with the minimum number of members that are needed to accomplish a task are more efficient and effective. Consider weaving together individual and group work. For additive tasks-tasks in whicha group is expectedtoproduce a list, adding one idea to another-research suggests that better results develop
Kay Solomon

Random Team Maker - 108 views

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    If you want to generate teams and groups randomly (and quickly), you can't go wrong with this easy-to-use tool. Copy & paste the names of your students in one box, choose team names (optional), the number of teams you want to generate, choose your output format (HTML or Excel format), and click Generate Teams! If you don't like the teams, click Generate Teams! again. Very simple to use. And fast!
Carl Bogardu

Free, Easy to Use Calendars, To Do List, Photo Sharing, Group Email, File Sharing, Webs... - 105 views

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    Social group area, could be ideal for classes or groups.
Christopher Carlson

Wiggio - Makes it easy to work in groups. - 107 views

shared by Christopher Carlson on 15 Nov 10 - Cached
    • Josh Flores
       
      If we didn't use Moodle, I'd use this in the classroom. The maximum upload size is 100 MBs.
    • Todd Murdock
       
      I moved to Wiggio after Ning went to a fee-based site. As a teacher and a coach I could have gotten a free Ning site, but it was only the basics. I love the flexibility Wiggio gives me to upload video and audio. I will use it again next year and am promoting Wiggio to everyone I meet.
    • John Dorn
       
      Can you control the messaging at all? I also use Edmodo and like the ability to see everyones messages.
    • Janet Peters
       
      I wisht that you could group edit / wiki on wiggio - then it would really be perfect.
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    Group messaging service
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    I heard about this service from an iTunesU video series on using Web2.0 in teaching. Basically, it's a very integrated form of groupware.
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    it provides everything you need to work productively in your groups, without bogging you down with complexities and unnecessary features. Wiggio is currently used by over 100,000 groups
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