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This case study was part of a national project on social computing in schools. It focuses upon collaborative document creation. The specific activity encouraged the use of Google-groups. Students in the school were able to organise their work for promoting the tourism potential of their local area using online tools. In addition, they were able to collaborate with students in another school on this and other projects which included Bush Fashions, Fishing on the West Coast of Tasmania, Pioneer Cemeteries of the West Coast and the Pearl Creek bush-walking track. Teachers and students found that social computing had the potential for good learning opportunities. It required students to acquire high level competency with information technology; to undertake real world tasks; to understand that a computer is not just a games machine, and to develop a certain degree of self-motivation in respect of pursuing study tasks. Although it is early days for social computing, it is the ideal environment for cross-curriculum and inter-school learning. The project raises important questions about the lack of control teachers have of the ICT environment in schools and also the conflicting demands for
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