Classroom teacher Bonnie Jackson from Langley Meadows Community School in British Columbia writes that, thanks to the web, her students are learning to collaborate with each other like never before. Using a software tool called Zebu (http://www.mc2learning.com), which is designed specifically to spur collaborative learning, her students are working to share resources and techniques in a high-tech environment. Jackson says the program is not only getting students to work with each other; it also has encouraged participation among other staff members such as library and computer resource personnel.
Zebu resides on the school’s server and can be accessed using a standard web browser. Students log in with a password and are ready to view or build their web project. The projects consist of three elements:
1. Templates, which are used as the framework for the project and which are created by the teacher. The template has all necessary instructions and serves as the starting point for student web pages. Students simply edit the template to build their pages.
2. Pages, or the “meat” of the project. Students build their pages with a mix of text, graphics, links, discussion areas, audio and video content, and HTML for advanced projects.
3. Reference collections, which support the project with lists of appropriate resources and links to be used by the students. There are also galleries which house video clips, sound files, and graphics for use on students’ pages.