ERIC Number: EJ784082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Waters, John K.
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n1 p38, 40, 42, 45 Jan 2008
It was the perfect Halloween project. Each class would construct a three-dimensional "monster" out of common classroom materials (construction paper, cardboard boxes, tape, markers, glue, string, etc.), then write down instructions for building the monster and send them off to another class in the district, or in some other district, or even some other state. The students would have to describe the materials used and how they were assembled, and in some cases provide mathematical formulas for dimensions, angles, and shapes. At the conclusion of the project, the students would compare their monsters via a videoconferencing network the district had invested in years earlier. This article describes videoconferencing, a new dimension of social networking. Called "face-to-face," though a synchronous meeting occurring in a videoconference, it connects the faces and voices with the e-mail and the texting. It approaches what people do in actual social interactions, where they hear and see each other.
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Writing Skills, Distance Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Creative Teaching, Teleconferencing, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Social Networks, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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