Distance Collaboration

In the year since education abruptly switched to remote learning, teachers have employed a variety of technological tools to continue to engage in collaboration within their professional learning communities. In Washington state, as in many parts of the country some students and teachers returned to in person learning while others continued remotely. Because members of the same professional learning communities were in buildings while others continued to teach remotely education professionals continued to rely on technology to facilitate collaboration.

The unique stressors and situations educators faced this year resulted in a rapid culling of digital collaboration tools, leaving only the best tools in use among each collaborative group. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of information regarding which tools saw the most use among educators, or even which tools were used the most within different age bands and subjects. Therefore, the answer to which collaborative tools teachers in schools/districts in which staff and students working and learning both remote and in person (or hybrid) found most effective remains elusive. Nonetheless, one can glean a generalized view of collaborative tools and practices from identifying patterns within the advice and suggestions provided by education experts. For example, if a specific tools appears frequently, it is possible to infer that it may be more useful than others. Alternatively, if a specific tool appears frequently on articles early in the pandemic and rarely in articles later in the pandemic, it is possible to infer that the tool proved less useful for most educators.

Digital Collaboration Tools

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