Dialogue Builds Depth

Dialogue Builds Depth: Increasing Student-to-Student Collaboration

“Dialogue builds depth. The more our students can talk to one another about what they are learning, the more they will learn.” I remember hearing this information at a professional development during my third year of teaching. After the facilitator supported this theory by having us engage us in a variety of independent and collaborative work tasks, I was convinced!

When I began using Edcite this year, I often found myself asking, “How do I use Edcite and dialogue in conjunction with one another?” Also, I currently have one computer for every two students. Thus, there was an even greater need to create ways to use Edcite in pairs. Although some moments were clunky, below are a few ways I have found that help maintain a high level of rigor with Edcite assignments and build a depth of understanding with dialogue. For more resources on general classroom dialogue check out this website: http://www.talkinginclass.com/

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Read on to see different options for increasing student collaboration!

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