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Chen, W., Looi, C. K., & Wen, Y. (2011, July). A scaffolded software tool for L2 vocabulary learning: GroupScribbles with graphic organizers. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Hong Kong.
Understanding technology from the perspective of the scaffolding can help us
bridge the gap between abstract or general CSCL design principles and the design and
enactment of concrete CSCL practices. This study addresses this issue by describing and
discussing how we use GroupScribbles (GS) technology coupled with appropriate pedagogical
graphic organizers to scaffold effective collaborative learning in the context of L2 students’
vocabulary learning in Singapore classrooms. It is found that the GS technology and
pedagogical graphic organizers can jointly scaffold students’ collaborative vocabulary
learning to achieve desired learning outcomes. When equipped with graphic organizers to help
students plan and organize their problem solving, GS is transformed from a general tool for
enabling seamless interactions to a scaffolded software tool integrated with pedagogical
design for supporting specific learning, by problematizing important disciplinary content.
This paper was presented at the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), held in Hong Kong from 4 - 8 Jul 2011
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