This study examines the processes of engaging a group of highly diverse 7th and 8th grade students in the utilization of information and communication technology (ICT) for collaborative activities through a global networked learning environment called APEC Cyber Academy. Thirty-six middle school students went through a nine-week project-based learning program that aimed at improving ICT skills and promoting international peer learning. Although students showed strong interest in learning about ICT, the findings suggest that students need to be coached in collaboration skills, given appropriate roles to ensure proper division of labor, and supervised closely to ensure the completion of tasks.
Chou, C. Candace; Lin, Chi-Syan; Hooft, Mark van ‘t; and Lin, Yi-Me
"Engaging Diverse Secondary Students in International Collaborative Networked Learning,"
Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE): Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/jetde/vol1/iss1/4