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The “Edutab Box”: A Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning System — Practical Activities and Future Directions

The “Edutab Box”: A Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning System — Practical Activities and Future Directions
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Author(s): Tatsuro Furuya (Elementary School Attached to the University of Yamanashi, Japan), Kazutaka Mizukoshi (Digital Alliance Co., Ltd., Japan), Yoshiaki Mizuochi (Joetsu University of Education, Japan), Yuto Omae (Nihon University, Japan), Takayuki Oshima (Joetsu University of Education, Japan), Norihisa Sakakibara (Joetsu University of Education, Japan), Hirotaka Takahashi (Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan) and Kazuhiro Yatsushiro (Yamanashi Prefectural University, Japan)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 26
Source title: Handbook of Research on Software for Gifted and Talented School Activities in K-12 Classrooms
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Shigeru Ikuta (Otsuma Women's University, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1400-9.ch008



Collaborative/active learning is a notably effective educational method. Since tablet terminals are now being widely used in the educational field, it is being possible to use tablet terminals for collaborative/active learning. To do this, a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) system and software is required. The authors report on the development of CSCL system/software called the “Edutab box.” The authors also report on three practical activities/research studies involving the use of the “Edutab box” in regular public elementary school classrooms in Japan, in three contexts: 1) debate practice, 2) creating social studies class reports, and 3) lesson study (a re-reflection of class observation). As a future direction, the authors propose an “intelligent Edutab,” which is an extension of the “Edutab box.” The development of the prototype—and of practical activities/research studies using the prototype—is reported.

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