Remote Networked Schools: A Case for Collaborative Knowledge Building
Therese Laferriere, Laval University, Canada ; Alain Breuleux, McGill University, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The future of small communities in Québec and elsewhere in the world poses an ongoing challenge, one that small village schools, which must provide educational services of the same quality as bigger schools, are also facing. The challenge is all the more important since, with population decline, a number of village schools foresee a difficult future and are asking themselves what means to take to ensure their short- and medium-term survival. The project afforded school teams an opportunity to reinvent their practices and broaden the horizons of both classes and schools. Teachers and students used online tools (iVisit and Knowledge Forum) and new forms of working with knowledge. By networking certain of their learning activities, teachers and students broadened their ability to achieve significant, quality learning, and demonstrated agency in improving the idea of the remote networked school, its features, and activities.
Laferriere, T. & Breuleux, A. (2005). Remote Networked Schools: A Case for Collaborative Knowledge Building. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 933-938). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).