The Ministry of Education commissioned CORE to evaluate WickEd, educational resource website aimed at students between the ages of 7 and 12 years, providing educational resources for students who may not have access to ICT at home.
Originally WickED's aim was to provide online materials to motivate and extend student learning and to support the use of ICT by after-school ‘Study Support Centres.’ The purpose was to provide educational resources for students who may not have access to ICT at home, or whose personal circumstances require that they need a quiet, after-school-space to help them with their studies. While the original focus of WickED was to provide after-school activities for Study Centre students, the WickED site access statistics have indicated that the greatest use of the WickED site occurred during school operating hours. This has led to the site moving towards catering for more school-based usage in addition to independent student use in study centres or from home.
The key findings of ther research evaluation were as follows:
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