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SCIAnTICT - Science Classroom Investigations of the Affordances in Teaching with ICT

Research Team: Kathrin Otrel-Cass, Bronwen Cowie & Elaine Khoo, with two teachers and their classes.

Project Dates: 2009 - 2010

This two-year Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) study explores the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for teaching and learning science with diverse groups of students. The project involves working with two primary school teachers and their 7 and 8 students to help explicate some of the affordances of ICTs in New Zealand primary science classrooms. Video case-studies are carried out focusing on the use of ICTs that are available to teachers including the Internet, interactive whiteboards (IWB), data projectors, CD Roms and other digital technologies.

During the first year the study investigated what ICT tools the teachers were using and how they supported student interest, motivation, expression of ideas and understanding in science. Visual tools such as digital videos, cameras or microphones were used in classrooms to support and scaffold learning. 

The second year of this project continues to build on these findings and explores how ICT use by teachers and their students addresses specific content challenges in science classrooms.

Project outputs

Otrel-Cass, K., Cowie, B., Khoo, E. Augmenting primary teaching and learning science through ICT. Summary Report Wellington: Teaching Learning Research Initiative. (PDF - 416.57) KB

SCIAnTICT - some year two findings: ICT to support learning about earth science (December 2010)

Otrel-Cass, K. (2010). How can the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) go beyond being an exciting new classroom tool? Keynote speech at the SMART teachers conference, Auckland, 15-16 July 2010.

Otrel-Cass, K., Cowie, B., Khoo, E. (2009). SCIAnTICT, Science Classroom Investigations of the Affordances in Teaching with ICT. Presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education conference, Rotorua, 1-4 December 2009.

Otrel-Cass, K., Cowie, B., Khoo, E. (2009). Video as a flexible tool for supporting teacher and student talk in primary science classroom. Presentation at the International Science Education Conference (ISEC), Singapore, 24-26 November 2009.

Otrel-Cass, K., Cowie, B., Khoo, E. (2009). Collaborative learning practices in science classrooms: Possibilities and boundaries using computers and the Internet. Presentation at the Australasian Science Education Research Association (ASERA) conference, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, 1-4 July 2009.

SCIAnTICT - early findings: Using visual technology in the primary science classroom (December 2009)

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