Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Online Tools Allow Distant Students to Collaborate on Research Projects

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Online Tools Allow Distant Students to Collaborate on Research Projects

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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."

Coordinators of the project from each school received virtual coaching from My eCoach to develop the goals and design of the project, and then passed that training on to their lead teachers. Each lead teacher worked with 10 teams of two to three students from their schools to guide them as they conducted research and engaged in hands-on investigations. …

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