ERIC Number: EJ713467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Online Tools Allow Distant Students to Collaborate on Research Projects
T.H.E. Journal, v32 n10 p14 May 2005
The Wesleyan Academy and Moravian School in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, recently joined forces with Evergreen Elementary in Fort Lewis, Wash., to collaborate on a research project using My eCoach Online (http://myecoach.com) as the primary medium to share information, post ideas and findings, and develop inquiry projects on 10 topics about water. "Involving students at distant locations encourages exploration outside of their own environment," says project coordinator and teacher Meredith Blanche, who went to the Virgin Islands for several months along with co-coordinator and teacher Vicki Albrecht to help complete the project. "Through project-based learning and using technology as a tool to complete their projects, the students absorbed so much more knowledge about their subject compared to what they are accustomed to with a textbook alone. The students' overall response to the program was extremely positive," says Blache. They truly learned much more about their topics and enjoyed sharing their understanding through their hands-on projects and demonstrations."
Descriptors: Internet, Partnerships in Education, Student Projects, Cooperative Learning, Student Research, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Experiential Learning
T.H.E. Institute, 18528 Westside Hwy., Vashon, WA 98070. Web site: http://www.thejournal.com/institute/contactus.cfm.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virgin Islands; Washington