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ERIC Number: ED423884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-9
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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On-line Tutoring of Middle School Students by Preservice Teachers.
Smith, Gary R.
This paper reports on a project started in 1993 to provide preservice teachers with opportunities to engage in an extended conversation with a middle school student using a computer and a modem. The Apple Computer Co. donated the initial equipment to the College of Education at Wayne State University and to the Detroit Open School, Detroit Public Schools. Each conversation was to continue for an hour and to relate to any topic that was interesting to the students and the preservice teacher. Initially keyboarding was the method of communication, but later video cards allowed communication by whiteboard and audio connection. Problems that arose are discussed briefly. Future plans include increasing the quality of the hardware and software, and changing the focus of the tutoring sessions to coordinate with the classroom teacher's regular instruction and with the Michigan Curriculum Framework. The appendix contains excerpts from four conversations: an introductory conversation; one that built on previous contacts; a conversation in which the teacher and student were speaking to each other using an audio connection, and sharing a map of the United States using a whiteboard; and another using the audio connection and whiteboard to share a map of Europe. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A