[caption id="attachment_36437" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Studying online in a collaborative learning environment can motivate students."]Studying online in collaborative environments encourages students.[/caption]

Aiming to engage students who are multitasking with different forms of technology, companies are creating collaborative learning spaces online where students can help one another solve homework problems and study—all while building important 21st-century skills.

One such social-networking study site is Grockit, which currently offers test-prep services and is expanding its focus to include math and English for students in grades 8-12, with history and science soon to follow. Grockit has opened enrollment for...

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