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Tech Talk: Collaboration Tools

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Collaboration Tools for Digital Classrooms

Ania

 

 

By Ania Czupajlo

TECHNOLOGY IS EVERYWHERE AND THAT INCLUDES EDUCATION. Today’s schools are implementing technology as it enables them to collaborate and communicate more effectively with their students, teachers, parents and community.

Digital classrooms can help keep students more engaged and focused while working on projects. As an educator, there are many tools that will help make your classrooms more fun and interactive, and where your students can learn and shine together.

Here are six collaboration tools that can help you create your digital classrooms.

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It takes a village

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It takes a village

by Lorna McGillis

Please note: the original copy of this article has appeared in CPCO’s Principal Connections Fall 2016 issue.


Hurriedly, they passed through the main entrance and were ushered to an attentive staff member who took their vitals and then ushered them to a seat where they would wait to be called. Specialists, tests, investigative procedures, probes into family history, conferencing, sharing of data and diagnoses, all soon resulted in the development of a comprehensive plan created by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Was this triage and treatment at a hospital emergency department? No, it was the Case Conference of a high-needs student at one of our Catholic elementary schools.

In his strategies for constructive collaboration, Andy Hargreaves speaks of learning teams ensuring that they commit to doing somethings early together rather than just talking about things.

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Principal Connections Editor’s Message

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Collaboration is all about building partnerships

Deirdre Kinsella Biss

 

By Deirdre Kinsella Biss
Editor, Principal Connections

Welcome to the fresh new face of Principal Connections. It is our hope that you learn from our magazine and regularly make us one of your professional reads. We make an honest effort to explore topical issues that Catholic school leaders face. It is our mission to provide different perspectives through sharing insights from our members, our Catholic partners, our global connections, as well as current research and ministry initiatives. We are in constant search for information and strategies that support best practice in order to help you learn and grow.


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Virtual Reality

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Technology that defies reality: learning in the future

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By Ania Czupajlo

Can you imagine your students learning about the galaxy while travelling through space? Discovering the deepest secrets of the oceans without scuba gear? Roaming the ruins of ancient Rome or watching dinosaurs in their native habitats? All this from the comfort of their classroom!

Yes, this can happen. All thanks to the new technologies that offer next generation virtual reality (VR).

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The Innovator’s Mindset

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The Innovator’s Mindset

by George Couros

Change almost never fails because it’s too early.
It almost always fails because it’s too late.

Seth Godin

“Innovation” is a word that is used often in education, but often without much thought of what it truly means for educators and learning. In my work with CPCO, we have focused on the idea of innovation being more about “mindset” than “skill set,” and with change being the only constant in our world, and happening at a pace more rapidly than ever before, leaders need to not only be comfortable with change, they have to embrace it. Through this process, leadership will also be essential in creating the conditions where meaningful change is embraced by those that we serve.

In this extract from my book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, I discuss why “growth” can no longer be optional in our schools.

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