Technology has been effective in eliminating the lack of interest in teamwork because it provides interactive learning opportunities and has redefined the meaning of ‘group work’.
The following web-based tools allow students the freedom of multi-modal representation of their best work. Some of the tools maintain anonymity whereas others empower students by giving them a platform to voice their opinion. Students can share their word documents, presentations, audios, videos, data displays, etc. online in a safe manner, that is monitored and scaffolded by the teacher.
- Padlet: allows students to brainstorm and have discussions with their peers in a controlled environment; the account is created by the teacher and students join in using their devices
- TodaysMeet: allows an unlimited number of students to take part and used as a platform for meetings, presentations, seminars, etc
- Kahoot, Socrative (can be used for quizzes)- E.g. The Space Race in Socrative encourages friendly competition among students; they race across the screen with correct answers. A perfect way to assess students without making them feel intimidated!
- Upper primary students can collaborate over Google doc and Microsoft teams- the teacher can be responsible for granting access; allows for teacher intervention and immediate feedback
- See-saw and QR codes: Families can view their child’s work on these platforms which gives students a sense of ownership and pride over their work.
Students have to be made aware that they are to stay on task and the pages/sites mentioned by the teacher during the lesson. If they were to abuse the privilege given to them, access to their digital devices will be taken away.