Designing and Implementing Collaborative Classroom Videoconferences

Designing and Implementing Collaborative Classroom Videoconferences

Temi Bidjerano (University at Albany/SUNY, USA) and Diane Wilkinson (Schenectady City School District, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-331-9.ch009
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The chapter introduces collaborative classroom projects implemented through videoconferencing technology as a means of enhancing and enriching classroom instruction. The various applications of collaborative classroom videoconferencing are discussed in the light of social constructivist learning theory. Special attention is devoted to teacher professional development training in designing and implementing collaborative classroom videoconference projects. Distinctive types of collaborative classroom implementation projects with supporting examples as well as affective outcomes associated with student learning are presented and discussed. The chapter concludes with a summary of the best practices in the utilization of collaborative classroom projects; directions and recommendations for future research are also offered.

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