Cooperative Learning and ICT

Cooperative Learning and ICT

Nicoletta Sala (University of Italian Switzerland, Switzerland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-953-3.ch013
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Abstract

ICT can promote the cooperative learning that is a teaching strategy where small teams, each composed by students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject. Recent studies emphasized that the computer can play a central role in a teaching environment based on cooperative learning. This chapter focuses on an educational experience that analyses 45 high school students’ cognitive abilities while they are developing a database that contains their school evaluations and which will be available online. This educational approach used cooperative learning and the “Learning by Doing” environment. The database has been protected with passwords to different levels of priority (e.g., principal, school manager, parents, and students). The project involved three classrooms of the fifth year (students aged 18 to 20) in the Laboratory of System and Techniques of Transmission in a High School in Italy.

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