What are some specific examples of teaching strategies or class activities you do in your class to create a culture of collaboration among your students as they are working on the computers?.
When we are learning something new, I have two students share one computer. This forces them to discuss what they are doing. One person is the “driver,” and types in the commands, and the other person is the “navigator,” who tells the driver what to do. This works well as they work together to figure out how to complete a challenge with that encompasses a new concept. Also, I do very little direct instruction and even less “helping” in class. If a student is having trouble, I usually ask a student to who understands what is going on to be the helper. If the class is having trouble with a concept, I will stop class and step in to clarify, and then ask students for their ideas about how to solve the problem that they are having. I also encourage sharing. Sometimes this is very difficult for middle school aged students to do because they have been taught that sharing is cheating. In our class the only time it is illegal to share is during a test.