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Strong Team Collaboration Skills
Prepare Students for the 21st Century Workforce


What is Team Collaboration?

Collaboration occurs when two or more people work together to accomplish a shared, common goal - teaming up to meet that defined goal.

Today’s Business World

Working in teams is at the core of many corporations today. The business world realizes that teams often produce better problem-solving results, thus superior solutions, than individuals working in isolation. Learning strategies and teacher resources integrating collaboration need to be a part of every curriculum.

Group collaboration enables people to build on each others' ideas and prior knowledge, resulting in new innovations. Team members often work faster and more cost-effective when working collaboratively.

The old saying “Two heads are better than one” is often true. More knowledge, ideas, and creativity can be found in two, three, four, or ten brains than in one.

The shift from a document-focused work style to a people-focused work style is a dominant factor in today’s global economy.

Communicating and working collaboratively with diverse groups of people, often at a distance, are essential skills in the 21st century workplace.

In the Classroom

Opportunities for today’s graduates often depend as much on their communication and collaboration skills as they do on pure academic skills.

To build good team collaboration skills, students must learn to:

• Work effectively with different groups of people, including people from diverse cultures.
• Be flexible and willing to compromise with team members to reach a common goal.
• Demonstrate responsibility as a team member working toward a shared goal.

Web 2.0 Tools

Our students must learn to communicate and collaborate using a variety of digital media and environments. Group collaboration in the classroom can become Web 2.0 collaboration using appropriate Web 2.0 tools.

Here is a list of Web 2.0 tools to explore that provide opportunities for students to work in collaboration.

Collaborize Classroom - A Safe Collaborative Learning Platform

Diigo - A Powerful Collaborative Research tool

COMMUNICATION and COLLABORATION skills go hand-in-hand. Take a look at the Web 2.0 tools listed on the COMMUNICATION PAGE that also support collaboration.

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