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It has been extremely difficult to adequately explain the purpose and benefits of Virtual Team Teaching. Collaboration has become such a hot topic within the educational realm, that it can often lose the meaning behind it. Therefore we do not want to feed the buzz of collaboration. Instead we are seeking to innovate collaboration.
The heart of Innovation can be an overwhelming concept in and of itself, however it is the simplest innovations that can make the greatest impacts.
Take for instance, PBS' School Inc. In its first episode, Andrew Coulson highlights the slate and how it was initially used for individual practice. Eventually, larger versions were implemented in the classroom. This simple innovation, completely changed how teaching and learning occurred in the classroom which continues to influence the learning today.
We feel as though this same philosophy is inherently present within Virtual Team Teaching. It is a simple innovation that can greatly influence education.
The Three Keys to Virtual Team Teaching:
This is just the beginning. Once teachers and students have become more comfortable with innovative collaboration, they can begin to reach out to the world in deeper and more meaningful ways. In the past, our students have been able to consistently collaborate with high school students from Jamaica and university students from Malaysia.
If the simple addition of a larger slate and piece of chalk changed classrooms for decades; why can’t the simple addition of a small camera connecting classrooms every day do the same?