Classroom Salon Awarded Next Generation Learning Challenges Grant
Taking their cue from social media, educators in Carnegie Mellon's English Department and Computer Science Department have collaborated to develop a social networking application called Classroom Salon that engages students in online learning communities that effectively tap the collective intelligence of groups.
Thousands of high school and university students used Classroom Salon (CLS), http://www.classroomsalon.org/, this past academic year to share their ideas about texts, news articles and other reading materials or their critiques of each others' writings. With the support of the Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CLS will be used in an innovative experiment at the University of Baltimore to see if it can help students who are in danger of failing introductory courses or otherwise dropping out of college.
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