Why online classrooms need virtual "hangouts" for students

03/2/2013 | Edutopia.org

Teachers creating online classrooms of videotaped lessons and supplemental materials should include a virtual "student lounge" to allow students to collaborate and socialize, educator Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes in this blog post. Wolpert-Gawron offers ideas to engage students and suggests software programs for creating the space. "Students have an interesting way of sharing online fascinating facts about themselves and their thoughts about lessons in a way that sometimes doesn't come out in the traditional classroom," she writes.

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