Method of Training K-12 Students Skills to Convey Information to Others in the Web2.0 Society

S. Sugawara, T. Ishijima, and N.H. Arai (Japan)

Keywords

Advanced Technology in Education and Training, Collaborative Learning, Information Literacy, K12, E learning, NetCommons.

Abstract

We describe our training method for educating children in information skills they need for living in the Web2.0 society. We defined an information and communication technology (ICT) standard for K-12 students and developed two incremental training methods to meet this standard. The particular skills we evaluated were information conveying skills. The training method has two unique points. First we introduced a new collaborative knowledge-sharing tool, called the multidatabase module, to help guide students to properly express and share their knowledge. We also used actual worksheets and tags (Post-it notes) to enable students to comment on other students' work through face-to-face collaboration. By blending face-to-face and virtual collaborative activities, we show that ICT beginners can rapidly make progress. We assessed the effectiveness of this method by using it to train 240 first year junior high students. Over 90% of the students, considered as beginners in terms of Internet and PC skills, learned how to convey information effectively over the web.

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