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Informatics Education – The Bridge between Using and Understanding Computers

Volume 4226 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 290-298

Metacognition in Web-Based Learning Activities

  • Giuseppe ChiazzeseAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology
  • , Simona OttavianoAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology
  • , Gianluca MerloAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology
  • , Antonella ChifariAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology
  • , Mario AllegraAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology
  • , Luciano SetaAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology
  • , Giovanni TodaroAffiliated withLancaster UniversityItalian National Research Council Institute for Educational Technology

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Abstract

One of the main challenges for those working in the field of ICT mediated learning is to develop innovative systems to support the knowledge building process. Did@browser, a system developed in the Institute for Educational Technology, is an attempt to meet this challenge. It is a new educational tool for middle schools which stimulates awareness of students’ cognitive and learning strategies by asking metacognitive questions during hypermedia web surfing. This paper presents the features of the system, the pilot study carried out with pupils, the results, and the suggestions for further developments.