Smartphones, tablets and other technology tools have tons of potential to help students learn--if they're used properly. And when properly implemented, those tools can help students build the collaboration skills they need to reach success in school and the workforce.

Most 21st-century learning models include collaboration as a necessary educational outcome. Collaboration skills are part of the Partnership for 21st Century Education's 4Cs, a framework developed with educator input and designed to outline skills and knowledge students need in today's global and connected society.

And collaboration isn’t simply a necessary classroom skill. Teamwork and collaboration are important abilities

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    Laura Ascione

    Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura