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ICT sufficiency in cooperative projects via the Internet

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>WSEAS Transactions on Computer Research
Issue number1
Volume3
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)51-60
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The aim of this study is to determine the effects of cooperative projects implemented via the Internet on students' ICT skills. Within the scope of the study, it was attempted to determine the ICT skills frequently used in cooperative projects via the Internet, and it was also attempted to examine the level of students' and teachers' ICT skills. At the first stage of the study, the survey method was used to determine the basic ICT skills that might be needed by 8th grade students in their cooperative project works. It was also attempted to examine the existing level of the basic ICT skills of the 8th grade students. At the second stage of the study, the survey method was used to examine the level of the basic ICT skills of teachers. At the third stage of the study, the research population consisted of 58 students studying in the 8th grade at two different schools. The post-test control group experimental model was used to determine the effects of cooperative project works implemented via the Internet on students' ICT skills. Project groups were asked to implement one of two different projects. Two counselor teachers monitored projects and assisted students during the study. At the end of the training, the counselor teachers of the project groups evaluated the projects implemented. The data collection tools were practical examinations, which were used to measure the teachers' and students' ICT skills and the cooperative projects implemented via the Internet. At the end of the study, the skills required for students to have with respect to ICT were determined, and it was observed that students who were involved in projects were more successful compared to those not involved also in terms of the sub-components constituting ICT, just as in the use of ICT. Also in the study, it is shown that teachers have significant insufficiencies in terms of use of ICT. Results obtained from the study emphasize the necessity to create areas where students can use computers and the Internet actively, instead of explaining to them these technologies.