“Conversation is a meeting of minds with different memories and habits. When minds meet, they don’t just exchange facts: they transform them, reshape them, draw different implications from them, engage in new “- Theodore Zeldin
Human being is a social animal and his creativity thrives on conversations and social networks. There is power in collective thinking as opposed to the thoughts of any isolated genius, and that’s how the 21st century citizen is evolving. The quote by Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” summarizes the importance of collaboration.
The New York Times article talks about the power of collaboration and how it led to major advancement in the field of research for Alzheimer disease. It talks about “The key to the Alzheimer’s project was … to share all the data, making every single finding public immediately, available to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world.”
As per Bloom’s Taxonomy, creativity is the highest order skill, Creativity is fostered by collaboration. The evolution of the digital media has made collaboration so easily doable; it surpasses the limitations of time and location and allows for anytime, anywhere teamwork on a variety of topics. It allows for exchange of ideas. The instrument used for sharing and synthesizing of ideas could be any (Google docs is my personal favorite at the moment). The power in collaborating and its pluses are more important than which tool is being used. The appropriateness of the tool ought to be need based and there is always a bouquet of options to choose from.
The web 2.0 (Source – Time magazine article)
- Harnesses the wisdom of millions
- Is a massive social experiment
- Creates an opportunity to build understanding from citizen to citizen
- tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter
The power of web 2.0’s collaboration tools could be extremely beneficial for both students and professionals, in our case, educators. It
- · kick starts creativity
- · helps to build on each other’s idea
- · can be done virtually
- · every voice has a say
- · collective synergy
There are a variety of ways that students could join forces and make a concerted effort to leverage their learning. The tools are many and the benefits umpteen.