Land Yachts: Building active online collaboration

Lloyd, Margaret M. & Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A. (2008) Land Yachts: Building active online collaboration. In ACEC 2008: ACT on ICT, October, 2008, Canberra.


It is now more than two decades since Sendov (1986) asked "how do we build education in the presence of the computer" (p. 16). The question is perennial – almost rhetorical – and it has remained without a definitive answer despite our rethinking "education" in terms of collaborative approaches and our replacing the naïve notion of the standalone "computer" with newer interactive technologies. The Land Yachts project, conducted in 2007, attempted to answer Sendov’s question in terms of Web 2.0 connectivity – here blogs, and photo and video uploads – and to use the functionality of these tools to change "education" to be less about a single classroom and more about collective knowledge building. The project, through the Oz-Teachernet, involved 477 children in 16 schools across Australia. In teams, they built small wheeled vehicles from recycled materials and, powered by an electric fan, tried to make them travel as far as possible on a "track." They contributed to a blog and posted images and details of their designs to a shared online space. This paper will use published project interactions to draw conclusions about active online collaboration between students, teachers and the oz-Teachernet group

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ID Code: 13582
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: online curriculum, digital pedagogy, Technology KLA, Web 2, 0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Margaret M. Lloyd and Jennifer A. Duncan-Howell
Deposited On: 19 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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