Today I took a class, who are usually glued to their computer screen, into a room without computers. I got them to form groups of four, each with complementary skills and launched them on developing ideas for a project with paper and pencils.
I am really impressed by the change in dynamic this brings about: they are all absorbed and productive. Usually they are isolated before their screens: caught between the work in hand and Facebook and Utube and online games. Here they are engaged. Collaborative learning really works!