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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age

Our future success depends on our cooperative agility.
Grace Rubenstein
Former senior producer at Edutopia
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Humanities teacher Spencer Pforsich, digital arts/sound production teacher Margaret Noble, humanities teacher Leily Abbassi, and math/science teacher Marc Shulman make lessons come alive on the High Tech campuses in San Diego.

Credit: David Julian

Information age, rest in pieces. This is the Collaboration Age.

We can all connect instantly across time zones and oceans. Previously impossible partnerships now produce startling innovations. And the four walls of your classroom no longer limit your students' reach.

To thrive in this always-on community, students and teachers must become agile learners, creators, and collaborators. Their success and our country's future depend on it.

It's tough for educators to meet this challenge when the No Child Left Behind law feeds a national obsession with the what of knowledge, not the how. But they can. They must. And some already do.

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Grace Rubenstein is a senior producer at Edutopia.

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Thank God for Edutopia! Not many organizations care to delve deeply into REAL change in schools. But I would love to stretch this conversation farther into two areas: (1) elementary classrooms and (2) practices, rather than programs. Several references here mention the difficulty of getting students from "here" to "there." I believe a collaborative metamorphosis will occur when it begins in elementary school, teacher by teacher. My contention remains: "it's the teacher, not the program." When teachers gradually release their control, classrooms become, not only communities, but exciting places to spend the day. Been there; done that! However, teachers need models to move away from that sage on the stage tradition. I've tried to locate Web videos of "knee-to-knee, eye-to-eye" examples of students deeply engaged in model-worthy conversations (WITHOUT THE TEACHER'S PRESENCE AND CONTROL). I have traversed the Web from one end to the other. Yes, youtube has a few examples (mostly from countries outside the US) and they have a couple of examples in which the children have assigned roles, which certainly would not exemplify interaction in the real world. So HELP! HAS ANYONE FOUND WEB EXAMPLES OF STUDENTS DEEPLY ENGAGED IN EXCITING, MEANINGFUL, REAL CONVERSATIONS IN WHICH THE TEACHER IS NOT CALLING THE SHOTS?

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I recently found a fantastic on-line learning site:
It offers online classes for teachers BUT you don't have to take a class to watch the video.
I have watched one science lesson and two math series in their entirety. I was truly inspired. (Mathematics: the missing link) and Insights into Algebra). Some of the science series look good as well. I can't recommend them enough. They show master teachers in their classrooms, creating wonderful learning environments where the student is really challenged, engaged and inquiring.
Check it out.

I've also done one FOSS science lesson and I've heard good things about their other materials as well. They have instructional videos that have clips of teachers using their materials in their classrooms.

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thanks a lot! great site! I'm so glad I came across it:) so many wonderful pieces of advice! exactly what I need, striving for perfection as a teacher:) just adore reading interesting articles, have used to download great books on the topic from
, but always search for smth new. thanks! as for collaboration of teacher and students, really, in the real world it's extremely rare( still we must not give up!

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Anonymous (not verified)

Thank you so much! This site has great content. Keep it up.

Jennifer Courduff's picture

I am working on a training series for parents that focuses on helping their children/teens stay safe online, and partnering with kids in using online social networking sites. Do you have any resources to help?

Joan Kelly's picture

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it including all the comments and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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