ICT in the Primary School

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					Herts ICT Team
 Objectives for the session

• To explore if, or when ICT should be used
  in Primary Science

• To review hardware, software and
  resources which could usefully support
  learning in science
     Should we use ICT?
The National Curriculum and Strategy documents
make specific references to how ICT can be used
  to support teaching and motivate children’s
• Planning for the use of ICT should always start
  from the learning objectives for the lesson.

• Will using ICT will make the teaching and
  learning of these objectives:
          Easier, Better or just Different.
Use ICT if the content:

•   directly relates to the Science objectives
•   enhances the Science lesson
•   supports good teaching in Science
•   improves the children's learning in Science

If the above do not apply, DON’T use ICT!
Ways that ICT can support
    Science teaching
• As a tool for modelling ideas and
• To demonstrate, explain and question
• To stimulate discussion
• To invite predictions and
  interpretations of what is displayed
• To ask individual children to give an
  instruction or a response.
     ICT approaches in Science
              at KS2
•   Capturing scientific data
•   Simulating or modelling a situation
•   Recording experiments
•   Gathering information
•   Developing and sharing ideas
•   Presenting findings and conclusions
       Using ICT in Science
•   The Digital Microscope
•   Digital cameras
•   Ecolog data logging device
•   Herts grid- ICT in science web site
•   Other resources
      Using ICT in Science
The Digital Microscope
• All primary schools in England were given
  an Intel Play Microscope as part of the
  Year of Science.

• The microscope links to a computer
  showing the magnified images on the
  screen or interactive white board.
           Using ICT in Science
     The Digital Microscope
•   allows children to view magnified objects easily
•   has possible uses beyond an ordinary microscope
•   extends children’s ICT skills
•   is portable and can be used to view most objects
•   is great fun to use and very motivating
•   has a presentational elements allowing children
    to create video clips, special effects and store
      Using ICT in Science
Digital Cameras
• Recording experiments eg. sun position in
 the sky; changes in growth; changes in
• Pictures of objects for labelling eg.
 components of electrical circuits
• Pictures to stimulate discussion / written
  annotation eg: teeth; food; habitats
       Using ICT in Science
 Datalogging helps children to:
• ask questions, predict and hypothesise
• observe, measure and record, and
  manipulate variables
• interpret results and evaluate scientific
• present and communicate their findings in
  a variety of ways.
          Using ICT in Science
    Datalogging advantages:
    Ability to collect quantitative data
         Measure light and sound levels
         Measure quantities over long periods of time.

    Faster recording of multiple readings
     freeing up time for discussion and analysis

    Pupils of all abilities able to record data
     accurately and plot graphs using the
     automatic graphing function.
      Using ICT in Science
Datalogging disadvantages:
   Setting up the equipment

   Learning how to use the software

   What to do when it goes wrong
       Using ICT in Science
The Hertfordshire Grid

• The Grid now has linked activities to each
  QCA Science unit
  – click Curriculum, ICT, Primary Subject Support, Science
       Using ICT in Science
The Hertfordshire Grid:
a few examples ...



    Websites for Science
A website for

Two more worth looking at:
           Lots more in your pack.
     Using ICT in Science
Other resources:
• Electrical circuits

• Powerpoint 1

• Powerpoint 2

• Powerpoint 3
Time to explore ...