Collaborative projects (21 cs)
1. Collaborative ProjectsWhat is a collaborative project? Simply put, collaborative projects arethose which allow students to gatherinformation, organize it, and present it incooperation with others. 2. Collaborative ProjectsA collaborative project can involve: Only the students in the class. Students of the same age but in otherclassrooms / schools Students of other ages in otherclassrooms / schools People from the community (parents,professionals, etc.) 3. Collaborative ProjectsThe important thing is that the students are responsible for the results of their project and that they must work together to achieve it. 4. Collaborative ProjectsSome strategies: Dont allow one student to dominate the group. Try toensure that each group contains a mix of extroverts andintroverts and creative and logical students. As thestudents split up the work, they will likely take work thatthey feel more comfortable doing. 5. Collaborative ProjectsSome strategies: Use the project to stretch your students and get themworking outside of their comfort zones. The classroom is avery safe and sterile environment; perhaps require thestudents to interact with the community or nature. Groupsin a history class could be required, for example, tointerview a few World War II veterans. A physics groupcould be tasked with setting up a projectile test that uses anatural law being covered in class. The value here is in thestudents learning for themselves how to conduct researchand find a required piece of information. 6. Collaborative ProjectsSome strategies: Although its important to challenge your students, dontpush too hard -- you dont want your students to have anytraumatic experiences in your lesson. For example, somemay not emotionally be able to handle an assignment thatentails speaking extensively in front of the class. It isimportant to acclimate such students slowly toembarrassing or frightening situations. 7. Collaborative ProjectsSome strategies: It may be a good idea to assign roles to the students ineach group, or have them chose roles for themselves.This is another way to avoid having one overly-ambitiousstudent do all of the work by his/herself. For example,each group could contain a researcher, a writer, anillustrator, etc. The roles should be structured so that aslittle work as possible overlaps and it would be difficult forone student to step outside the bounds of his role. 8. Collaborative ProjectsSome examples For a chemistry class: The students will be required to create a short movieabout a certain element and its role in human society,which can later be uploaded onto YouTube. Students willbe placed into groups of 3 and assigned roles: researcher,writer, and videographer. All three students will beexpected to contribute to the filming of the movie. Tofurther prove that each student was acting within theparameters of his or her role, as part of the project theyshould turn in their rough drafts and planning materials. The researcher should find the required information whichwill then be processed and put into a form appropriate foran educational video. The writer must work in closecollaboration with the videographer, who will later puteverything together using Windows movie maker or othercomparable software, to ensure that they both have similarexpectations of how the video should turn out. 9. Collaborative ProjectsNow its your turn: The song "We Didnt Start the Fire" by Billy Joel is actuallylaid out just like a history lesson. Each line of the songspeaks about the important people or events thathappened in each year. Using the principles that wevediscussed here, take a look at the song lyrics and try tothink of ways that this song could be used as acollaborative project.