Collaborative learning has long been used an aspirational term among education professionals. Everyone wants to help build a collaborative classroom, but what does this mean in practice and just why is it such a coveted buzzword?

The drive to create such an atmosphere stems from the demands students will experience in later life. Roles and responsibilities in the workplace and the family unit are increasingly flexible and young people today will be required to work within this ever-shifting framework as they develop.

By instilling within them a meaningful and practical understanding of what it means to collaborate with other people, teachers and professors are providing the young people of today with the skills they need to excel in this environment.

A child or teenager capable of discussing and evolving an idea with a group at a young age will build upon their skills as they evolve their place in life. Essentially, everyone's talking about collaboration in the classroom because it has become such a vital skill for young people today.

On a practical level, it's about encouraging problem solving, interpersonal skills and conflict resolution. But the best approaches don't just focus on addressing these problems on an individual basis, or even just between student and teacher — they help peer groups work together and respect each other.

There are numerous methods to creating this atmosphere, but technology is becoming an essential tool in the collaborative classroom. Touch technology, as well as an ever-growing range of educational apps and mobile devices, are at the heart of many collaborative classrooms, with digital connectivity on a global scale creating even more opportunities.

Groups working together to solve problems on a touch screen device not only enables pupils to work together, but the large screen sizes mean the results can then be shared with the group, creating an open learning environment. Add to that the option to share projects and information with pupils not just in different classrooms, but in different countries, and the potential for collaborative learning looks even more exciting.

ProjectorPoint offer a range of touch screens designed for use in education. If you're new to these devices and would like to find out more, we'd suggest taking a look at our guide before browsing the products themselves.