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									 DEVELOPING INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR INNOVATIVE
           SCIENCE TEACHING IN THE E-LAB

                                                      Denric Blaauw
               Khanya, 18th Floor, Sanlam Building, Cape Town, South Africa, E-mail: denric@mweb.co.za


INTRODUCTION

According to the Revised National Curriculum Statement (RNCS) all educators are key contributors to the transformation of
education in South Africa. It visualises educators who are qualified, competent, dedicated and caring. These educators will
be able to fulfil the various roles outlined in the Norms and Standards for Educators. These include being mediators of
learning, interpreters and designers of Learning programs and materials, amongst others. It is thus important for educators to
use new inventive ways of teaching science concepts. One way of doing this is by making use of ICT.

The subject Physical Science focuses on investigating physical and chemical phenomena through scientific enquiry. These
investigations are aimed to enable the learners to develop conceptual understanding and to make sense of the science
involved to solve problems.

Microsoft Excel is often used by educators as an administrative tool. In this workshop the participants will learn how to
make use of the powers of Excel to develop interactive investigative activities that can be used in the computer laboratory
by learners, investigating new and reinforcing previously learned concepts.

WORKSHOP CONTENTS

1.       Demonstration:
         Previously developed activities will be demonstrated to participants.
                                                                                                             15 Minutes

2.       Hands on development of a new activity:
         Participants will be shown how to develop a sample activity by making use of various
         functionalities of Microsoft Excel.
                                                                                                             45 Minutes

3.       Development of self marking tests and assessments:
         Participants will have the opportunity to add self marking tests and assessment
         activities to their newly created activities.
                                                                                                             15 Minutes

4.       Questions and answer session:
         Participants will have the opportunity to clear up uncertainties.
                                                                                                             5 Minutes

5.       Discussion:
         How can these activities be implemented in the e-lab?
                                                                                                             10 Minutes

								
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