Collaborize Classroom is a free online learning platform that complements teachers’ in-class ... More
Collaborize Classroom is a free online learning platform that complements teachers’ in-class discussions, assignments & instruction. It’s a place where students can expand on in-class activities and interact online, allowing for deeper participation inside and outside the classroom. It enables teachers to enrich their curriculum with multimedia, embed Microsoft Office documents, videos, pictures and PDFs.
Mashable named Collaborize Classroom one of the best classroom tools for incorporating social media into teachers’ lesson plans.
This is free to use and will always be free!
Last updated 26 Aug 2011
Published 26 Aug 2011
For people of a certain age who considered the whiteboard replacing the blackboard and chalk as a bit of a revolution in the classroom, look away now! Collaborize Classroom has taken student participation and homework to another level, and what’s more it’s free.
With a simple 5 minute set-up teachers can create a website that is fully interactive and allows students to discuss, comment and vote on subjects in an extension of traditional classroom procedures. With a report generator showing site activity, user activity and student participation included as well, teachers can quickly see which students are or aren’t engaging in a particular topic.
It’s easy to see the benefits of Collaborize Classroom, not only from a student/teacher angle, but also from that of the college too. The shy student, full of ideas but too nervous to ever raise a hand, could be liberated from the fear of classroom discussions. The realisation that their on-line comments and suggestions are considered valid could also boost their classroom confidence.
For the college there are time savings to be had in addition to those of cost. The ability to embed Microsoft Office documents, videos, pictures and PDF’s on the site not only makes for more interesting study but cuts down the costs and time element of copying and printing. The student participation reports generated also makes grading work easier and less time consuming.
For anyone nervous about setting up such a platform for on-line study the site...