Collaboration and active learning aren’t just buzz words to educators. They are clearly the keys to successful student engagement. In fact a study published on pnas.org indicates that “failure rates under traditional lecturing increase by 55% over the rates observed under active learning.” This is impressive evidence that investing in active learning pedagogy and supporting technologies can affect student performance. Beyond that, collaboration strengthens community bonds, socialization, communication and trust among team members. Unfortunately, one of the biggest obstacles to the expansion of collaboration and small group work spaces in K-12 is budget. Creating an outline of the type of collaborative learning space needed for the environment will help manage precious time and eliminate costly errors due to overbuying or buying inappropriate equipment.
Collaborative learning technologies are enhancing the way students absorb, retain, interact with and relate to information. Designed specifically for educational environments in mind, FSR's HuddleVU and HuddleVU Flex collaborative learning systems are flexible packaged spaces that are intuitive to use, built to last in high use student centered areas, and that don't require software downloads or wireless access.
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