Integrating Discussion Boards to Solve Authentic School Problems and Promote Student Collaboration
Linda O'Neal, Louis Safer, Appalachian State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Our candidates are predominately still employed as full-time teachers. They also are older and many missed the technology revolution in their undergraduate program. They live great distances from one another and cannot readily meet to collaborate. Therefore, we are infusing technology as a means of extending their learning communities. This integrates their communication tools seamlessly into the curriculum. A second benefit is that they become comfortable with technology so as they become school leaders they have a new vision of what technology can do. Specifically we have groups meeting in private discussion rooms. There they are able to create case studies and in-baskets. Additionally we have open rooms with questions and resources posted. In these rooms we have classes cross talking. For example, a principal course on campus can speak with an extension course, and then have the teacher leaders from a curriculum class join the conversation.
O'Neal, L. & Safer, L. (2004). Integrating Discussion Boards to Solve Authentic School Problems and Promote Student Collaboration. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1615-1619). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).