Collective Intelligences Professional Development for Teachers

What is Collective Intelligence?

A group of people who engage in intellectual cooperation in order to create, innovate, and invent. Collective Intelligences can be more intelligent, more effective, and more efficient than working alone.

"How can people and computers be connected so that collectively they act more intelligently than any individual, group, or computer has ever done before?" - Tom Malone, MIT

Why is implementation of Collective intelligence important for teachers?
  • According to Statista.com social networks have 2.51 billion members worldwide
  • Social media is a part of our students lives
  • Enhance effectiveness and efficiency of learning
  • Provides feedback to students
  • Engages students through technology to solve problems and realize opportunities
  • Excites activism and civic duty
  • Triggers conversation and sharing
  • Establishes connections within collaboration between peers
Strategies to implement Collective Intelligences into the classroom
  • Use Twitter and hashtags to share research, images, and ideas
  • Encourage students to create a Personal Learning Network
  • Create a classroom blog and/or Wiki- Collaborate and share images, facts, research, videos
  • Create glossaries for research and projects
  • Jigsaw reading and Internet searches to learn new information
  • Utilize Edmodo and/or Google Classroom for discussions. Require students to post and reply to posts
  • Utilize Edmodo and/or Google Classroom for collaboration of group projects
  • Design projects which requires collaboration amongst groups
  • Use applications designed for sharing and collaboration
  • Provide opportunities for feedback
  • Use YouTube for students to create tutorials or other types of videos
  • Get parents involved using social media and collective intelligences

Resources for the implementation of Collective Intelligence

Check out the following links for resources to help you bring Collective Intelligences into your classroom


Blackboard Inc. (2013, October 28). How To Create and Manage Wikis. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l6778cP0jM

Byrne, R. (2016, January 28). How to create a classroom blog on weebly for education. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO49YQkybZI

CNN. (2011, June 09). CNN: Twitter has place in classroom. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w9CnaeaiAE

de Eça, T. T. (2014). Making things happen through networks: Connecting arts educators to enhance collective knowledge in the field. International Journal Of Education Through Art, 10(2), 235-245.

Desouza, K. C., & Smith, K. L. (2014). Capturing the wisdom of crowds. Planning, 80(11), 24-27.

Gregg, D. (2010). Designing for collective intelligence. Communications Of The ACM, 53(4), 134-138.

Ilon, L. (2012). How Collective Intelligence Redefines Education. Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing Advances in Collective Intelligence 2011, 91-102. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-25321-8_8

Kurtka, D. (2015, June 03). Getting Started with Twitter... for educators. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM8SIFq6ALg

Malone, T. (n.d.). Thomas W. Malone Home Page. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from http://cci.mit.edu/malone/

Meza, J., Monguet, J. M., Grimón, F., & Trejo, A. (2016). Fostering collective intelligence education. EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, 3(11), 151448. doi:10.4108/eai.15-6-2016.151448

Statista(n.d.). Global social media ranking 2017 | Statistic. Retrieved March 08, 2017, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/272014/global-social-networks-ranked-by-number-of-users/

Vengerov, A. (2011). Collective learning and collective intelligence working together. International Journal Of Learning, 18(2), 45.


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