Global study concludes that superb teaching involving collaborative learning and complementary classroom technology leads to more positive results among students
Impact on Student Outcomes
The impact of collaborative teaching combined with technology is overwhelmingly positive: 76 percent of survey respondents reported that their efforts in technology and collaborative learning pedagogy strongly or very strongly improved their student's social and emotional skill development.
Social and emotional skill development was chosen as a metric for the study because fostering collaboration and communications skills in students is a consistent theme from business and government leaders. This is supported by almost all of the 400 respondents in the Teaching, Technology and Learning study who indicated that collaborative learning is an important approach at their schools (only 4% thought it unimportant).
The study's findings showed that when teaching that includes collaborative learning is complemented by software and hardware, in that order, the greatest improvement in social and emotional skill development is achieved. Results also showed that outstanding success is 3.4 times more likely to occur when collaborative learning practices and technology are used frequently together in the classroom.
Other key findings include the respondents' observations that frequent (daily or near-daily) group activity in the classroom is significantly and positively related to social-emotional skill development and supportive metrics.
Compared to classrooms with moderate to low frequency (weekly or less frequent), classrooms with frequent (daily) group activities drive:
"Prior studies contend that technology in classrooms is not beneficial and sometimes counterproductive to enhancing student skill development," said
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