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ERIC Number: ED363260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Instructional Applications of Virginia's Public Education Network (VA PEN): Thomas Jefferson On-Line.
Willett-Smith, Stephanie
The motivational value of Virginia's Public Education Network (VA PEN), specifically the Thomas Jefferson On-line discussion group, is examined in this study. The instructional value of the network with respect to student motivation in fourth grade students of varied ability was gauged through observation of actual hands-on network experience, assessment of work aired on the network, and personal interviews. Additional sources of information include published literature, on-line discussion articles, observations in the field, and interviews with facilitators of VA PEN. Results of the study concur with existing research, indicating that telecommunications applications such as VA PEN are valuable instructional tools. Students using the network were more motivated and enthusiastic about writing and social studies as a result of the their telecommunications with Thomas Jefferson. The network generated a larger peer audience for the students' work and enhanced student performance. Examples of student work downloaded from VA PEN are attached. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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