I, too, enjoyed viewing the Virtual Choir video. What an awesome way to use collaboration online!
I learned a lot about Thinklets, and ended up doing independent research building on the article in our readings just to clarify the concept. This is the best definition that I found:
“Thinklets are cognitive tools that provide thinking stimuli to enhance natural human thinking effectiveness. In its purest sense a Thinklet can be as simple as “asking the perfect question at the perfect time.” Or, expert “facilitation” questions embedded in traditional thinking techniques, templates and worksheets. Using Thinklets for knowledge-workers follow the same principle as using physical tools for manual-workers: choose the tool appropriate for the task at hand.”
The whole concept of “collaboration engineering” was fascinating. OF COURSE we, as online instructors/facilitators/etc;, can guide our students in the direction of having the most meaningful collaboration! Aha! For me, as I design my online course for elementary teachers, I need to keep in mind that my students will be more motivated if their collaboration is meaningful to them. Great readings this week!