Draw-Pair-Share is a variation on the well known Think-Pair-Share teaching strategy and activity. But unlike Think-Pair-Share, the process of drawing allows for a visual artefact to emerge from the process, and helps to link theory to practice in a tangible way.

A strength of group collaboration is in getting insight into how others approach a problem. In the large collaborative classrooms, you can set tasks that allow participants to do this and get insights not just into their own group, but across multiple groups.

This final part of our Hybrid activities for collaborative classrooms blog series looks at another COVID-safe way to engage in collaborative learning, with a practical element.

Watch: reflections on using the collaborative classroom space

In this video, Adam Morgan and Sean Walsh reflect on drawing as a way to discover shared understanding and link theory to practice through annotation.

Adam talks about group dynamics and offers some tips on how to manage groups in large spaces. Sean points out that having multiple digital workstations that control the functionality of the room opens up the class to a great collaborative learning experience for participants.

Discover: hybrid ideas for collaborative activities

Getting participants to do something physical and share it in a new space opens it up for a greater collaborative learning experience. Participants can gain insight into how others approach a particular problem. Because it produces a visual artefact, it’s ideal for sharing in the large classrooms where every digital workstation has a document camera for sharing on the big screens.

Pre-COVID face-to-face ActivitiesCOVID-safe hybrid ideas
Participants look at a collection of pre-prepared drawings of students’ experiences of group work.The collection of drawings can be presented to participants via Threaded Canvas Discussions, H5P Collage/Image Slider, or on virtual whiteboard tools such as Microsoft Whiteboard so all images can be observed on one screen.
Participants discuss common themes and ideas in each drawing.In Canvas Discussions, participants could reply to each drawing with their thoughts about common themes. Participants could also discuss with each other via Zoom Breakout rooms or in MS Teams. Virtual whiteboard tools can be used for annotating directly on the image.
Participants draw their own version of an experience.Participants could share their drawings in Canvas Discussions, Zoom screen sharing, or posting on the virtual whiteboard.
The digital workstations can still be used to present following guidelines for cleaning after each presenter.
Participants go through phases of sharing with each other, and finally present their work via the document camera at the digital workstations.Groups could share their stories on the big screen via Zoom screen sharing. Groups could also read data stories from other groups if posted in Canvas Discussions.
Participants wander through the LCC like a gallery to view each other’s work.As with the last idea, a digital gallery of work can easily be created by posting quick photos of the drawings in a Canvas discussion or Microsoft Whiteboard.

What would you like to try in a collaborative classroom?

Think about your own face-to-face classroom activities – could they also be converted to a remote or hybrid environment? Consider that activities might take longer to set up online, so allow for buffer time in your schedule.

If you’d like to discuss more on how you can use digital technologies to make large collaborative classrooms COVID-ready, contact the LX.lab to book in a chat.

Leave a comment below if you have more ideas for hybrid COVID-safe versions of face-to-face classroom activities!

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