Natalie Taylor is the Communications Manager at Reflective Thinking and among many activities, contributes to the creation of collaborative learning tasks called Digital Mysteries. Her interests include exploring the ways in which young people use technology in education, and more specifically, the growing use of iPads in today’s schools.
Collaborative learning is on the up. All around us there are blog posts from excellent teachers, research from expert academics and articles from around the world, but so far something has been missing. We know the benefits of true collaboration and ideas on how to encourage it in the classroom, but do we know how we can assess the tasks themselves? Setting the right task is key for encouraging effective collaborative learning.