Collaboration in Learning: Teaching in a Networked Age

Mal Lee and Lorrae Ward

The shift to BYOT is one of the seemingly natural consequences flowing flowing from the whole school normalised use of the digital in its teaching.

Another is the shift to a more collaborative mode of teaching, that has as it focus the learner, and the desire to involve all the teachers of the young from birth onwards in the teaching of the young.

It is our contention that where the current insular model of teaching where a solitary teacher works with a group of students within the school walls, often behind a closed classroom door is representative of paper-based schooling so collaborative teaching will be the teaching mode of the networked world.

Mal and Lorrae are finalising a new publication on that development, that draws on the experiences of schools in the UK, US, NZ and Australia making that move.

In the meantime, in the Articles section you’ll find two articles that begin to explore the move. There is one by Mal and Lorrae on ‘Collaboration in Teaching’ and another by Lorrae on ‘Creating a richer educational environment: Digital bridges and virtual islands’.

About Mal Lee

Mal Lee is an educational consultant and author specializing in the evolution of teaching and schooling from the traditional paper based mode to one that is digital, and in turn networked, and the impact of the technology on that evolution. Mal’s is a macro focus examining all the elements associated with the development, leadership and operation of schools operating within a digital, and increasingly as networked school communities. Most importantly his is a positive approach that envisions how educators and school communities might best use the ever-evolving, ever more pervasive technology in the home, on the move and in the classroom to provide an ever better schooling for the full range of students. Mal is a former director of schools, secondary college principal, technology company director and a member of the Mayer Committee that identified the Key Competencies for Australia’s schools. A Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Administration (FACEA) Mal has been closely associated with the use of digital technology in schooling, particularly by the school leadership for the last two decades. A historian by training Mal has written extensively, particularly in the Practising Administrator, the Australian Educational Leaders and Access, Educational Technology Guide on the astute use of technology in the development of schoolings. Mal has released four publications with ACER Press. In 2008 Mal and Professor Michael Gaffney edited and had published Leading a Digital School. In 2009 he co-authored with Dr Arthur Winzenried The Use of Instructional Technology in Schools – Lessons to be Learned, and with Chris Betcher, The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution – Teaching with IWBs. In 2010 Mal joined with Associate Professor Glenn Finger (Griffith University) in the writing of his most significant work yet for ACER Press on Developing Networked School Communities: a guide to realizing the vision – on the next phase of schooling. Copies of the books can be obtained from the ACER Press website at -
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