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Engaging Diverse Middle School Students in Learning Through Information and Communication technology (ICT) in a Networked Learning Environment
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, University of ST. Thomas, United States ; , Inter-District Downtown School, United States ; , University of St. Thomas, United States ; , National University of Tainan, Taiwan

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This study examines factors that engage highly diverse middle school students in the utilization of information and communication technology (ICT) for collaboration through a global networked learning environment, APEC Cyber Academy. Thirty-eight middle school students went through a nine-week project-based learning program that aimed at improving ICT skills and promoting international peer learning. Students have demonstrated significant improvement in ICT skills and knowledge about their international counterparts. The findings suggest that the needs for social interaction and relevance in topics are the main motivation factors for the learners to utilize ICT for learning.

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Chou, C.C., Bungert, M., Jetton, D. & Lin, C.S. (2007). Engaging Diverse Middle School Students in Learning Through Information and Communication technology (ICT) in a Networked Learning Environment. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2759-2765). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 20, 2019 from .

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