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Josh Flores

Using Groups Effectively: 10 Principles « The Window - 172 views

  • Having students work in groups reaps a bounty of benefits, including boosting students’ social skills and upping the number of “happy campers” in the classroom.
  • As with every aspect of teaching, using groups effectively requires mindful planning and attention to more than who works with whom.
  • Putting people into groups isn’t a magical dust that makes everyone more creative. It has to be the right kind of group, and the group has to match the task
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    • Josh Flores
       
      Really? This is something I'm guilty of. 
  • Do not appoint a group “leader.”
    • Josh Flores
       
      Also guilty
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    • Josh Flores
       
      This is why I like starting with a free write
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    "I recently attended a conference session featuring Keith .. an expert on the effectiveness of group efforts. His presentation focused on what has been and potentially can be accomplished through collaboration, but he hinted that just getting people into groups is not the answer. .. Though his focus is on creativity, I think Sawyer's insights apply to our use of groups to foster learning. Here are ten principles I've picked up:"
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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