Students discovering the benefits of online collaboration

New Jersey teachers and students are slowly but increasingly using Web 2.0 tools to share creative, collaborative content, reports the Star-Ledger. Students are writing on wiki pages, blogging about their classroom activities, recording audio files for band practice, video conferencing with people around the globe, and chatting online about literature. For a generation that has embraced a joystick and a mouse since they were toddlers, these technologies can help them learn how to be creative, how to communicate, and how to work together, said Lisa Thumann, a senior specialist in technology education at Rutgers University’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education. "This is what our students are going to see when they get to college, … when they enter the work force," Thumann said. "Our ultimate goal is to prepare them for the real world." Many educators say digital technology engages students, shows how what they are studying is relevant to the world around them, and helps them retain what they have learned…

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