How can we shape an education for every student that engages them deeply in their learning and prepares them for the world beyond school?



“..the situation of two or more people working together to create or achieve the same thing.” (Cambridge dictionary) Other key words

Common purpose

  • To realise common goals
  • create value
  • bring about synchronicity
  • Tap into collective intelligence
  • Enabled diversity of collaborating group
  • Borderless sharing and creativity


As the noun of the word collaborate,…is people working together jointly together to address business, human, customer, employee or societal challenges and opportunities through technology and in person. (http://blog.mindjet.com/2012/03/what-is-the-collaboration-curve/)

Collaboration is a strategy enabling highly diversified teams to work together.. inside and outside an organisation both physically and virtually ..to create value through expatiated innovation, enhanced intimacy and increased efficiencies.


Collaboration occurs when groups establish and function under a common understanding of purpose and work to create value for all participants or to the purpose at hand. Choices are made by the learning group, regarding the manner in which collaboration is developed within a learning experience.

“Collaboration curve” (http://blog.mindjet.com/2012/03/what-is-the-collaboration-curve/)


  • Co-creation of Project Based Learning questions, and projects.
  • Teachers- Brain Storming concepts that deeply reflect the intention and outcomes of the curriculum
  • Intra and inter school collaborations

Examples of Basic Skills in Collaboration:

  • Begin a conversation
  • End a conversation
  • Ask for help
  • Ask a favour
  • Give a compliment
  • Join in
  • Accept criticism
  • Follow directions
  • Ask questions
  • Say ‘Thank you’
  • Say ‘no’
  • Accept ‘no’
  • Encourage others
  • State feelings
  • Negotiate
  • Express concern for others
  • Listen
  • Take turns
  • Take responsibility

Other useful sites

An article in Edutopia that looks at moving learning from surface to deep learning with Collaboration being an essential part. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/deeper-learning-collaboration-key-rebecca-alber

An American site, P21, for school who wish to develop 21st Century skills

Communication and Collaboration.


Collaborative Games


Cornell University Centre of Teaching Excellence – Collaboration



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