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ERIC Number: ED441665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 8
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Learning Circles: Virtual Communities for Elementary and Secondary Schools.
Riel, Margaret
Education, either face-to-face or across distances, is about creating a shared way of thinking about ourselves and our world. Education is not just preparation for life; it is a way of life. Exchanging ideas with students and teachers in other places about science, math, literature, ideas, and beliefs enhances learning because education is inherently a social process which constructs shared understandings. The AT&T Learning Network provides a structure (Learning Circles) and a process (teamwork over time and distance) for creating a shared way of understanding. This paper describes the process of forming learning circles. Approximately eight geographically diverse classrooms with a common educational focus are joined together through a subscription to the AT&T Learning Network. Learning circles enable students from different cultures, regions, religions, ages, perspectives, and with a range of physical and mental strengths to work together in a medium that treats diversity as a resource. The activity encourages students to think of creative ways to show or illustrate who they are and how their social and physical world is similar and different from that of their distant partners. (CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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