Big Six Skills is a systematic teaching method in Thematic Exploration. However, while trying to apply Big6 Skills in teaching, the auther finds that elementary students are in lack of the ability to retrieve information, and hence have problems using the six skills to gather topic-based information.
The purpose of this study is to apply Big6 Skills in teaching with Moodle Platform. It then investigates the implementation of Big6 Skills and students’ learning achievement. To serve this purpose, first the author has done a literature review to understand the Big6 Skills teaching methods and evaluation. Second, the author has studied on the application of Big6 Skills in teaching and students’ achievement through observation, and documents and records review in an action research. Finally, after reflections and discussions, amendments and suggestions for teaching are concluded.
This study has found that students can only utilize Big6 Skills after trainings of the learning tools like concept map, website selection, and making a digest. With these trainings and the steps of Big6 Skills, most students can achieve well. Those who could not achieve the standard are only certain few students. Teachers can help students work more effectively and accurately by peer-observation (group to group), providing relative information and formats, interchanging qualitative and quantified evaluations, and finally examining, discussing and revising students’ work.
Moreover, Moodle Platform can elevate students’ learning quality in the following aspects. Forums and document-editing tools provide students with fluent interactions and unique visual effects. Also, the records keeping students’ learning process and activities can help teachers observe and evaluate students’ performances. However, when using Moodle Platform, teachers should be aware of the system congestion and that the students might be lost on the Internet. Based on the researches and conclusions above, this study provides several suggestions for elementary school teachers and the future researchers for reference.