Impact of Web 2.0 applications on student test scores

Abigail Marie Bumgarner

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to implement a technological resource for the purpose of providing a vault of study resources for students to prepare for Pre-Algebra, Science, Social Studies, and Communication Arts tests/quizzes. This study utilized a Wikispaces site to provide students and parents added resources to review daily content covered in core academic classes, ask further questions about the material, and prepare students for tests/quizzes by providing links to online flashcards, practice tests, and study guides. The research question of this study was: Can the implementation of a Wikispaces site as a valuable source of resources that students and parents can utilize to study for tests and quizzes improve the test scores of students? I undertook this study after watching my students for a period of weeks and evaluating what I saw to be the biggest struggles they are faced in their core classes. I saw that students enjoy being on the computer and most of the students enjoy using social media sites such as Facebook on a daily basis. I also saw that the most anxiety students faced in regard to their classes was when tests/quizzes were coming up. Students didn’t know how to focus their attention on the important concepts when studying for these tests/quizzes. I have had some experience with using a Wikispaces website at my past school placement and decided to do some further research into how I could incorporate this website to provide resources to help students prepare for tests/quizzes and lessen anxiety. While this study included only a small number of special education students the results could have benefits to all students. If the website were successful more students could have access to the study resources or individual teachers could be shown the results and encouraged to implement the use of their own Wikispaces site in their classrooms. I also see the implementation of this study to be helpful for parents. It may help parents stay updated on individual homework assignments, have a calendar for upcoming tests/quizzes, and stay knowledgeable about what their children are studying in their classes at school.