ISTE Standards:

What is Collaboration?

People with a shared purpose or vision, negotiating complex group dynamics, who in the process of working together, in a physical or virtual place, achieve or exceed the vision.

Focus Activity

At the beginning of a task or session, a focus activity can get people thinking and communicating around the theme. We are going to use the interactive tool Padlet to answer the question.

What are the skills needed to collaborate effectively?

Click on the image below to post a comment on our PADLET. You will be able to see everyone's responses. Padlet also lets you personalise your post with colours, fonts and images.



Key attitudes for Collaboration

Look through the SWAY presentation to discover four key attitudes needed for Collaboration

Group Activity

In groups of 3 or 4 choose one vital aspect for successful collaboration
1. Vision
2. Trust
3. Respect
4. Communication

Discuss why it is important?

Design one powerpoint slide as a group which explains its importance and upload it to the wiki.

The WORDLE images below and the SWAY will give you some starting ideas, add this to other images and information you find on the internet.
Present your team page to the group

When teams are presenting their ideas, think about your strengths and weaknesses as a member of the team.

Which skills do you want to develop?

How will you do that?

This wiki is a good place to start, good communication skills are an important foundation for team work.

Rate your team’s Collaboration


You will be part of a team

Whether at school, at work, sports or with your family, effective collaboration skills will support successful relationships and team work. Collaboration is a skill for life.

This poster will remind you of the keys for successful collaboration

Poster PDF

Click below on any of the 4Cs categories or use the side navigation to explore this site

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Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal. (ISTE 7c)

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Boardroom Puzzle

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Muro, C. (2012). Friends.

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Van Wyk, N. (2017). Wordle images

Videos & Presentations

GSOM. (2015, Dec 25). Minions changing the lightbulb [video file]. You tube. Accessed from

Tamm, J. (2015). Cultivating Collaboration: Don’t be so defensive [video file]. Santa Cruz TEDx. Retrieved from

Van Wyk, N. (2017). Collaboration [digital presentation]. Assessed from

Digital tools


Blanchard, K., Ripley, J., & Parisi-Carew, E. (2015). Collaboration begins with you: Be a silo buster. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Davies, A., Fidler, D., & Gorbis, M. (2011). Future work skills 2020. Retrieved from

Elkin, Susan. (2013, January 1). It’s vital we teach social networking skills in school [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Freed, E. (2012, August 14). Cutting through the hype: What collaboration really means. ThoughtFarmer. Accessed from

International Society of Technology in Education. (2016). Digital citizenship defined. Retrieved from

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (2016). The 2016 ISTE standards for students. Retrieved from

Lindsay, J., & Davis, V. (2012). Flattening classrooms, engaging minds: Move to global collaboration one step at a time. New York: Allyn and Bacon. Chapter 5: Citizenship.

Lindsay, J. (2016). The global educator. Leveraging technology for collaborative learning & teaching. Eugene, Oregon: ISTE.

O'Connell, J. & Groom, D. (2010). Connect, communicate, collaborate. Camberwell, VIC: Australian Council for Educational Research.

Paquette,S. (ND). Collaborative Sills. The supportive classroom: A curriculum for creating safe and supportive classroom environments. Retrieved from

Rheingold, H. (2010). Attention and other 21st century social media literacies. Educause Review. 45(5). Retrieved from

Ribble, M. & Bailey, G. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. Arlington, VA: International Society for Technology in Education.

Wheeler, S. (2015). Digital Identities. In Learning with 'e's (pp. 179-190). Bancyfelin, Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing.

Williamson, K., & McGregor, J. (2011). Generating knowledge and avoiding plagiarism: Smart information use by high school students. School Library Media Research, 14.