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Supporting Knowledge Building Communities with an Online Application PROCEEDINGS

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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


One of the cumbersome administrative tasks teachers often face is a lack of systematic and efficient storage and retrieval of their students’ class materials. The storage and retrieval of such data becomes more critical in classrooms that apply the concept of the Knowledge Building Community (KBC). Broadly defined, KBC is an environment that encourages students into knowledge creating culture in addition to their competencies in certain subjects (Scardamalia and Bereiter, 2006). The Educational Media and Technology program at Boston University School of Education has developed a web-based database called EM&T KBC to support instruction that adapts and applies the original concept of the KBC. In describing an example of how an online database technology is being implemented in integrating knowledge building into formal classroom instruction, this article and its accompanying poster session discuss the potential of EM&T KBC to gain feedback and to establish contact with similar projects.


Whittier, D. & Supavai, E. (2009). Supporting Knowledge Building Communities with an Online Application. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3022-3027). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 13, 2018 from .


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