I think schools could implement computer supported learning in ways that authentically transform teaching and learning by approaching technology as integration into lessons and not as an add-on. The literatures I have read say that schools need to provide an environment in which computer technology is used as a cognitive tool. Students need to construct knowledge with technology as opposed to merely obtaining information from computers. So as schools we need to provide meaningful activities that support the construction of knowledge.
Collaboration is one key area I believe can be supported by computer supported learning. An example of collaboration I use in the classroom is literature circles. I find the process allows my students learn through the interaction of others. They work together and combine their knowledge to find the solution to the problem. I find the dialogue that takes place between the students during literature circles allows them to refine their understanding of the topic at hand. Even though literature circles could easily be done without the use of technology, I find when students are interacting with their own classmates as well as with other students online, they seem to be more engaged and motivated.
In order to implement computer supported learning, schools need teacher support and expertise (leaders). In order to provide authentic experiences for the students, schools need the support and expertise of the available tools and which ones will provide that meaningful experience for the students. As said earlier, we don’t want technology to be an add-on, but to be integrated within the lessons.
Here is a link to the voicethread of the forms I use for literature circles.