There are three interconnecting purposes for using ICT in science education – to support students to:
- work as scientists
- work with scientists
- work with one another to co-construct scientific knowledge and understanding.
To support students with posing inquiry questions, use:
To support students with initiating and experimenting, use:
At Newmarket School, science has been a focus of professional development. Students talk about their process for understanding how electricity works. They explain the different technologies they used to support their learning.
To support students with accessing or publishing data online, collating, and interpreting data and information, useful digital tools include:
In addition, digital photos can be used not just to record activities but also to provide visual evidence for new concepts, and help to bridge ideas with new vocabulary.
There are a great variety of citizen science projects where anyone of any age or ability can contribute to scientific data collection, usually with a digital device. The studies are often part of real-world scientific research, so cover a huge range of subjects. You could take part in a garden survey of birds in your local neighbourhood. Or contribute to a global project, looking at the environment, with The GLOBE Program , solving molecular puzzles for Fold It , or classifying images from the Hubble Space Telescope in Galaxy Zoo . Many of these projects have developed complementary resources and tools to help support teachers and students, and make it easier to integrate contributing to a citizen science project into learning plans.
The following suggestions are designed to communicate scientific findings but are also useful for assessment purposes.
When sharing, students can:
Students from Newmarket School explain how they used iPads to video their electrical circuits and show how they worked.
A teacher inquiry which utilised digital technologies for science.
Teacher, Virginia Kung talks about how she applied SOLO taxonomy to her science lessons.
Students explain about how they learnt about electricity.
Teacher, Virginia Kung, explains why she chose to teach her students about the science of bread and how they got the community involved.
Deputy Principal, Te Aoterangi Moore, talks about a project on primary colours that he taught in science and how he worked with the e-learning coordinator to integrate that into all areas of the curriculum. Te Aoterangi also discusses the ways this project has benefited his students.
Teachers from Hillcrest Normal School explain how students used iPads to document and reflect on their learning in the context of a science inquiry into the properties of milk.
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Students at Sunnybrae Normal School used Kid Pix and iMovie to record and share experiences, ideas, and information during an inquiry about kiwi conservation.
Students at Ashburton Intermediate in Christchurch developed an understanding of subject specific vocabulary through the use of online flashcards.
Polyfest provided Māngere College with the opportunity to re-think curriculum planning and design to improve student achievement results for NCEA.
In 2015, Muritai School incorporated the idea of becoming a STEM school into their Towards 2020 vision.
At Taita College in Wellington's Lower Hutt, learning is authentic, future-focused, multidisciplinary, and culturally responsive.
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A site with resources, ideas, and examples of science teaching and concepts for both primary and secondary teachers of science.
Science learning hub
Easy to access, quality assured teaching resources to support school science learning.
A free online collection of virtual field trips to locations in New Zealand and Antarctica. The trips take an inquiry-based approach within science, social sciences, and the arts for both primary and secondary schools.
Promotes scientific, technological, and mathematical literacy so students can engage in a critical and informed manner with real-life science and technology related issues and authentic, and context-based mathematical explorations.
Use DigitalNZ to discover millions of New Zealand items from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government.
New Zealand Science Teacher
Information on everything about science and science education.
Beautiful Chemistry is a project collaboration between the Institute of Advanced Technology at the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua University Press. The goal of this project is to bring the beauty of chemistry to the general public through digital media and technology.
e-Learning in science
A series of four research reports focusing on working with a group of schools to develop a best-practice, sustainable model for embedding e-learning in science education. One of the aims was to identify factors that enhance or constrain the incorporation of effective e-learning in science education.
Author: NZCER researchers