How to use technology to promote collaborative learning?

Constantly emerging social media that are changing our ways of getting information also have a big impact on how we learn and what is more important, on how our students want to learn. Technology becomes a constant in their lives, unfortunately also for social interactions. That’s why I’ve decided to dig inside Computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) theory and present a possible tool that supports creative thinking and collaboration capabilities. But first some basics about CSCL.

One Simple idea for engaging your students

We are all very familiar with student activities like quizzes, branching scenarios, puzzles, simulations and so on. They are all beneficial for students in terms of getting to know the subject, but I believe they need something more to achieve better long term recall of learnt information and to be prepared for applying what they’ve learnt later in their daily life.

So they need activities that enable them to link something they already know with what they are learning. William Horton calls these activities connect-type activities. He listed range types of connect-type activities. But I especially like this table from his book E-Learning by Design, which presents what type of activity to use in particular case:

The evolution of Edynco in 2014

It’s always great to see a progress of something or someone. This inspires us or just informs us that a progress is in the center of our lives.

Edynco – a Learning map tool is evolving each day. When our team sees how useful Edynco is for teachers and students we are proud on our work and on how well the idea of Learning maps is being accepted.

During the last year we put a lot of effort to meet our users’ expectations. Therefore the evolution of Edynco is primary the result of endless collaboration between them and our great team.

We’ve filtered our 6 most important steps in Edynco development in 2014: