The computer programme introduced below enables students and teachers to communicate through a network where they can publish their views on different topics or comment on other students' views and entries. It was originally developed for classes at schools only, but it could also be used for the training of translators. The situations described at Hawthorne Elementary School, where students successfully make use of the programme, can take place at the FASK as well, for example during translation practice classes.
Computer Supported Intentional Learning Environment (CSILE)
CSILE functions as a "collaborative learning environment" and a communal database, with both text and graphics capabilities. This networked multimedia environment lets students generate 'entry nodes,' containing an idea or piece of information relevant to the topic under study.
These entry nodes are available for other studentsto comment upon, leading to dialogues and an accumulation of knowledge. Students must label their nodes in order to be able to store and retrieve them; over time, they come to appreciate the value of a precise, descriptive label. In addition to receiving writing practice as they create their own nodes, students get practice reading the nodes generated by others.
CSILE was developed by Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. It has been used in a research program within Toronto schools for over five years.
Teachers of students who work with CSILE believe that the programme is helping to develop thinking skills among their students. By trying to explain their ideas to other students and interacting with their peers around academic content, students sharpen their thinking and gain new knowledge.
More information about CSILE, how it was developed, what advantages it has as well as concrete examples of CSILE results at Hawthorne Elementary School you will find here.
An example for a commercial form of CSILE that was developed for the Internet and how it can be used you will find in the Knowledge Forum.
CSILE at the FASK?
A programme like CSILE could also be used in Germersheim as here, students still lack the opportunity to obtain knowledge by easy communication on one level with others. It would be useful if they could exchange, for example, their experiences with translating programmes, internships or studying abroad in a forum. Students could also make entries on books they have read or on different topics and share those views with others.