Enhancement of Collaborative Learning Activities using Portable Devices in the Classroom
Carlos Hurtado (Universidad de Chile, Chile)
Luis A. Guerrero (Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
Abstract: Computer Supported Collaborative Learning could highly impact education around the world if the proper Collaborative Learning tools are set in place. In this paper we describe the design of a collaborative learning activity for teaching Chemistry to Chilean students. We describe a PDA-based software tool that allows teachers to create workgroups in their classrooms in order to work on the activity. The developed software tool has three modules: one module for teachers, which runs on a PC and lets them create the required pedagogical material; second, there is a PDA module for students which lets them execute the activity; finally, a third module allows the teacher set workgroups and monitor each workgroup during the activity.
Keywords: CSCL, PDAs, learning activities design
Categories: K.3, K.3.0, K.3.1, L.6.2, L.7.0