ICTs for science

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ICTs for science

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(1) Authentic

Students enjoy working with ICTs; and that is why ICTs provide chances to improve student attitude and engagement. Students can use ICT to learn science using visual and audio sources rather than textbooks.Often students have trouble visualising biological systems and their inter-relationships effectively... this game, this game, or this game, are all examples of how ICT can help students better understand and visualise their learning - while being fun, interactive and easy to use.


(2) Attitude


This is an Australian video of some local pondlife using a microscope that has camera attachments and software to allow microscopic videos to be taken in real time.

Improving student's

Connecting students & science

Information and Communication Technology makes learning science more authentic by connecting students to real experiments, real research and real scientists.

This is a vlog of two biologists discussing an ant dissection - something that wouldn't be possible in class.They discuss physiological features, hypotheses and ant behaviour.

(3) Attainable

Making learning more

ICTs make learning goals more attainable by improving access to resources, through assistive technologies, or alternative learning activities.

Students can learn from experts anywhere in the world. For example, there are a number of videos coming from the International Space Station that provide insight into different sciences. This video talks about some astronaughts who are doing experiments with plants.They can also use ICT equipment to simulate how professional experiments gather, record and present data. This term our class will be using sensors and data loggers to study environments, just like ecologists do.

Technologies can help with anything from graphing large amounts of data in a shorter time frame; to computer simulations. ICT provides a great alternative to when activities are too expensive, dangerous, difficult to do in the classroom, or when students are not ready to do them. A great example of this are online dissections. If your child isn't ready to dissect, misses a lesson or wants to dissect something that isn't available, dissections can come in both video and virtual form. Another great set of programs are breeding and genetics simulators, like this one for fruit flies. Students don't usually get an opportunity to breed fruit flies them-selves until Year 12, but with this program, your Year 10 child can learn about inheritance without breeding real flies.

Hank Green is a life sciences teacher from America - he shares his knowledge with bright animations and high energy. Perfect for gaining student's attention.


Authentic learning ensures that what yourchild learns in class relates to science beyondschool - they learn real work skills and gainknowledge applicable outside class.


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