|Posted on 23 August, 2012 at 22:40|
I feel as though I have been beating my head against a wall as I have based my short (yet comprehensive) research career on the skills set that students already possess. My research based on using Social Networking Sites in the classroom was based on the notion that students could use the skills that they already use at home whilst on Facebook, YouTube, twitter etc and use them in an educational setting via Ning. This proved successful as my research found that this is exactly what happened.
This term, I decided to use Moodle as the sole tool that my year 7 students were to use in and outside of class. The school that I am at use Moodle 2.0 and after I created accounts for all 200 students and enrolled them into my subject, I quickly noted that half of year 7 students knew how to use the Chat feature of Moodle, and were not shy of even sending me a message. They all uploaded avatars or their photo and had all customised their pages to suit their own personalities. This was all done before I even had a chance to give them a quick tour of Moodle.
These same students who last term found it difficult to send an email with an attachment were not only accessing information via moodle, but are now uploading files as well as completing online quizzes as part of their self evaluation. Even more interesting (yet concurring with my own research findings) is that most students are doing these tasks at home - that is, outside the classroom.
Transferability of skills? A willingness to use IT to learn?