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The use of Web 2.0 Technologies to promote higher order thinking skills

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Gail Chittleborough, Wendy Jobling, Peter Hubber, G Calnin
During 2007 several independent Victorian secondary schools participated in a study exploring the ways in which the use of learning technologies can support the development of higher order thinking skills for students. This paper focuses on the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) including Web 2.0 technologies for promoting effective teaching and learning in science. A case study methodology was used to describe how individual teachers used ICT and Web 2.0 in their settings. Data included interviews (focus group and individual), questionnaires, monitoring of teacher and student use of smart tools, analysis of curriculum documents and delivery methods and of student work samples. The evaluation used an interpretive methodology to investigate five research areas: Higher-order thinking, Metacognitive awareness, Team work/collaboration, Affect towards school/learning and Ownership of learning. Three cases are reported on in this paper. Each describes how student engagement and learning increased and how teachers’ attitudes and skills developed. Examples of student and teacher blogs are provided to illustrate how such technologies encourage students and teachers to look beyond text science.

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Queensland University of Technology

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  • Yes

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2008-11-30

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2008-12-04

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eng

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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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2009, The Author

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AARE 2008 : International Education Research Conference - Brisbane

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