“When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.”
Can you guess who said this?
Here’s a clue: Back in 1968, 12-year old Bill and 14-year old Paul put their heads together in the basic programming computer club at their Seattle middle school. Certainly not an earth-shaking event. Just two kids collaborating on some projects.
Except those two kids were Bill Gates and Paul Allen and that collaboration may have been the first chapter in the history of Microsoft.
And the author of the quote is Bill Gates himself.
Collaboration in the classroom isn’t a new thing. And it isn’t just a fad. has been discussed and studied since the early 20th century and its strengths are well documented. Studies show that collaborative learning is a far superior way for students to learn non-foundational knowledge – a higher level of knowledge that’s acquired by applying critical thinking and logic, not simply recalling facts.
But despite Bill Gates and Paul Allen’s success, collaborative learning does not come naturally for most students.
Check out this article “Teaching Students to Collaborate”, to learn why collaboration matters, how students can enjoy the benefits of collaboration and the role of the teacher in facilitating successful student collaboration.
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