How to cut the chaos when using the collaboration space in Class Notebook

The collaboration space in Class Notebook allows students and teachers to work together on a learning resource in real-time. This is a great opportunity for students to get more involved in working as a group as they can add text, digital ink (drawing) and insert images and videos.

Although letting your class loose on a shared workspace may seem chaotic initially, if you plan ahead and use the tips below, you’ll be able to get everyone engaged in the learning.

Here are a few ways you can streamline your collaboration time:

Assign different areas to different groups of students.

Assign different areas for different students to prevent them from working on the same thing simultaneously and overwriting each other’s work. This can result in a page conflict, which leads to you needing to choose the version you wish to add to the collaboration resource.

Create a separate page for each group.

Work in groups and create a separate page for each group to contribute to. This reduces the number of people working on one resource but allows you to oversee all your students’ work.

Lock and distribute the collaboration space.

Once the collaboration is over, lock it. This prevents students from adding or changing the resource any further. Here’s how to lock a collaboration space:

  1. Go to Manage Notebook.
  2. Select Lock Collaboration Space.

After locking the collaboration space, you can then distribute the resource into your students’ Class Notebooks for later revision or even assign it for further editing as homework.

  1. Select Class Notebook.
  2. Select Distribute Page and then Class Notes.
  3. Hit Distribute. 

When you’ve distributed the collaboration space to Class Notebook, you can now clear the area for next time.

Read our step-by-step guide on sharing and locking collaboration spaces in Class Teams.

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