Collaborative Learning with Technology

The Collaborative attribute describes the degree to which technology is used to facilitate, enable, or enhance students' opportunities to work with peers and outside experts. The Collaborative attribute considers the use of conventional collaborative technology tools as well as other kinds of technology tools that assist students working with others.

This page provides greater detail about Collaborative characteristic of technology integration as described within the Technology Integration Matrix. To see the entire matrix or to locate other characteristics, return to the TIM home page. Descriptors for typical teacher activity, student activity, and instructional settings are provided below, along with links to all of the Collaborative characteristic video lesson pages. The videos on this site require QuickTime 7, a free plug-in from Apple.

Levels of Technology Integration into the Curriculum






Characteristics of the Learning Environment

Collaborative | Student

•Students primarily work alone when using technology. Students may collaborate without using technology tools. •Students have opportunities to use collaborative tools, such as email, in conventional ways. These opportunities for collaboration with others through technology or in using technology are limited, and are not a regular part of their learning. •Students independently use technology tools in conventional ways for collaboration. Students are developing a conceptual understanding of the use of technology tools for working with others. •Technology use for collaboration by students is regular and normal in this setting. Students choose the best tools to use to accomplish their work. •Students regularly use technology tools for collaboration, to work with peers and experts irrespective of time zone or physical distances.

Collaborative - Teacher

•The teacher directs students to work alone on tasks involving technology. •The teacher directs students in the conventional use of technology tools for working with others. •The teacher provides opportunities for students to use technology to work with others. The teacher selects and provides technology tools for students to use in collaborative ways, and encourages students to begin exploring the use of these tools. •Teacher encourages students to use technology tools collaboratively. •The teacher seeks partnerships outside of the setting to allow students to access experts and peers in other locations, and encourages students to extend the use of collaborative technology tools in higher order learning activities that may not have been possible without the use of technology tools.

Collaborative - Environment

•The setting is arranged for direct instruction and individual seat work. •The setting allows for the possibility of group work, and at least some collaborative technology tools are available. •Desks and workstations are arranged so that multiple students can access technology tools simultaneously. •Technology tools that allow for collaboration are permanently located in the setting and are available in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of all students. •Technology tools in this setting connect to text, voice, and video chat applications and network access has sufficient bandwidth to support the use of these technologies for all students simultaneously.

Collaborative - Video Lessons