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ERIC Number: EJ957111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Collaborative Software and Focused Distraction in the Classroom
Rhine, Steve; Bailey, Mark
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v19 n4 p423-447 Oct 2011
In search of strategies for increasing their pre-service teachers' thoughtful engagement with content and in an effort to model connection between choice of technology and pedagogical goals, the authors utilized collaborative software during class time. Collaborative software allows all students to write simultaneously on a single collective document. The authors describe their experience of pre-service teachers negotiating meaning in a virtual parallel space simultaneously with whole class lecture and discussion. The authors introduce the concept of "focused distraction," discuss multi-tasking in the classroom, and explain the potential that collaborative software has for self-differentiated learning. Collaborative software documents, end-of-class surveys, and videotape of classroom instruction served as data for the qualitative research. Analysis of the triangulation of this data revealed four categories of use: note taking, collaborative construction, focused distraction, and resource sharing. A preponderance of pre-service teachers reported that collaborative software was useful in class. A preponderance of students reported that collaborative software was useful in class. While they indicated varying experiences with the software, an overwhelming majority reported that collaborative software made a positive impact on their learning. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon