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Enhancement of Collaborative Learning Activities using Portable Devices in the Classroom

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GRAZ UNIV TECHNOLGOY
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Keywords
  • Cscl
  • Learning Activities Design
  • Pdas
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Education

Abstract

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning could highly impact education around the world if the proper Collaborative Learning tools are set in place. In this paper we describe the design of a collaborative learning activity for teaching Chemistry to Chilean students. We describe a PDA-based software tool that allows teachers to create workgroups in their classrooms in order to work on the activity. The developed software tool has three modules: one module for teachers, which runs on a PC and lets them create the required pedagogical material; second, there is a PDA module for students which lets them execute the activity; finally, a third module allows the teacher set workgroups and monitor each workgroup during the activity.

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