Using Learning Platforms to support Kagan Structures
From the book Kagan Co-Operative Learning, I have been thinking of how a learning platform could support implementation of this sort of co-operative pedagogy in and out of the classroom.
My previous blog stated how the RM Kaleidos Learning Platform could be used to support one aspect of this – jigsaw learning. I have now looked at the Structure functions from this book ranging from Carousel consensus to Timed Pair Share. Again referring to my previous post, for me the time in the classroom is the most precious resource and allows the teacher to asses pupils performance.
Using the Learning Platform, the first step would be to setup a co-operative learning interest space for all the school. This space is for students and staff to interact with when getting to understand the pedagogy and expectations in the classroom. Here students should add their own comments in a range of media around the types of structures, their understanding of this as well as their experiences in the classroom. They could also upload mobile phone images/photos of their experiences. Students could also rate the different structures and also create their won for teachers to use.
The teacher in sharing their planning should make reference to the structure that is going to be used in the lesson, and even determine and publish the expert teams before the lesson, this would mean that the students have the opportunity to be ready for the learning experience before. This could be useful for those students who are natural leaders, perhaps enabling them to lead the lesson organisation or perhaps some be elected to do this.
During the co-operative lesson, the teacher will have the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of the learning, as well as determining which co-operative structure could be extended outside the lesson. For example Rally Round Robin could be performed outside the classroom using media tools such as voice or video within the Home Group (see previous blog item). Thus it is possible that within a jigsaw session, the expert groups could be performed in the classroom and the Home session set as a task outside the classroom.
My next step of thinking is looking at online tools such as Xtranaormal, wallwisher and etherpad to support co-operative structures as well as the collaborative tools within a learning platform.