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The Mentor-Connector Project: Supporting Student Success with Flat Classroom Technologies PROCEEDINGS

, , Brock University, Canada ; , Niagara University, United States ; , Niagara Catholic District School Board, Canada ; , , Niagara University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The Mentor-Connector project joins high school students in the Niagara Catholic District School Board with teacher candidates recruited from local and international universities. The Mentor-Connector Program taps into the learning styles of 21st century students by establishing an online forum (similar to FaceBook and MySpace) that anonymously matches students in grade 9 and 10 with eMentors who possess the skills to provide academic support and a compassionate, caring, and a non-threatening zone for open communication. This paper presents the impact of the project on student learning and highlights eMentors’ enhanced understanding of teaching in a flat classroom.

Citation

Figg, C., Jaipal, K., Rinaldo, V., Mete, P., Sheerhan, T. & Smith, M. (2010). The Mentor-Connector Project: Supporting Student Success with Flat Classroom Technologies. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 477-481). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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