Social media tools foster literary experiment for N.J. students

01/16/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Eighth-grade students from diverse backgrounds at New Jersey schools are part of a literary experiment that has them studying the book, "Of Mice and Men," by John Steinbeck, to help better understand their differences. The two groups of students -- one from a poor and primarily minority area and one made up of mostly white students from an affluent district -- share their perspectives on the book through Wikispaces and Skype, with a face-to-face gathering planned for a discussion of the final chapter.

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