Not only does flexible seating suit a range of learning styles, but it is also perfect to promote collaboration amongst the students. In my own classroom, the desks are a curved triangular shape and sit in groups of three. So seating the students in rows is not an option. I have low tables students can push together to work, as well as bed trays and pillows for those students who like sitting on the floor to work. These physical classroom resources promote collaboration, but what about using technology to promote it as well?
One of the technologies I use in my classroom to promote collaboration is Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook. Using this program, students can collaborate on a project in real time, from their own devices. They can continue to collaborate after school hours as well ("OneNote Class Notebook", 2019).
I have also used Minecraft Education Edition as a technological vehicle for collaboration. There are a range of lesson plans on the Minecraft Education website, which include downloadable Minecraft worlds designed to teach students concepts within a specific content area ("Lessons | Minecraft: Education Edition", 2019).
One aspect of collaboration I have not focussed on in my Year 4 classroom is that of social networks. According to Scalise (2016) "opportunities for learning in social networks supports student experience and enhances growing capabilities for effective collaboration" (p. 62). While Year 4 might seem young for social networking, I know my students communicate with each other outside of school hours using group chats, so it would be a logical step to include these as part of their learning in school.
Lessons | Minecraft: Education Edition. (2019). Retrieved from https://education.minecraft.net/class-resources/lessons/
OneNote Class Notebook. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.onenote.com/classnotebook
Scalise, K. (2016). Student collaboration and school educational technology: Technology integration practices in the classroom. I-Manager's Journal on School Educational Technology, 11(4), 53-63. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/docview/1809061066?accountid=10344