Collaborative learning has many benefits:
- Develops higher level thinking skills
- Builds self-esteem in students
- Improves oral communication skills
- Enhances student satisfaction with the learning experience
Let’s recruit Socrative into the mix and modernize the Jigsaw Activity.
In jigsaws, students research, discuss and analyze subject matter as part of a novice group and then teach as part of a newly formed expert group.
This group formation works best when you have four or five parts of one topic.
Example – Select four components that relate to the civil war
Create 4 novice groups and have each group research significant facts about their topic, then discuss and analyze.
Then form Expert groups of four so each group has a member with an understanding of the four novice topics.
Each Expert group member then teaches the other members while taking notes on additional questions.
Bring the whole class together for a larger discussion.
What’s new with Socrative?
- Quick Check the novice groups with a short quiz to gauge content coverage and see if you should intervene or supplement the content.
- Use one device per group to enhance team interdependence and include 21st century technology in the process.
- Run a Space Race with Expert groups to gather data on overall performance, add FUN, and see what topics should be reviewed.
- Implement Short Answer questions to elicit connections and syntheses. Project them on the screen and discuss as a whole class.
- Adjourn with an Exit Ticket to get private data about their personal experiences within their groups as well as individual understanding data.