Collaboration assists student learning because it enhances communication and teamwork skills. Students learn to express their ideas clearly and give respectful feedback to others. Learning is differentiated because students can share their own expertise and learn from others. If tasks/problems are engaging and perplexing, it improves students' critical thinking and content learning. Students can gain a global understanding when they are collaborating with peers or adults from other countries. They have access to an enormous audience for their creative content. They also have access, via communication tools, to a vast array of experts they would otherwise not have direct access to.
Collaboration reinforces and strengthens learning among students as they become exposed to a variety of learning pathways. These include peer learning, manipulating various mediums to become informed and to be able to share this information in various ways. As children work together, they are exposed not only to other ideas, but they are also learning lifelong skills required for acceptable social behaviour.
Collaboration with digital tools opens further learning doors and pathways as students research , discover, explore, inform, evaluate and reflect on topics outside their own community, worldwide.
Geoff McIverEducation Officer - Teaching and Learning