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1 Digitally Resourced Engaging And Motivating Science DREAMS Project Seminar 1 5 th December 2008

2 Project Team Teachers, Coordinators, Principals Science-Julian Greenwood, John McCullagh (SUC) ICT-Chris Reid, Fergal Corscadden, Ann Cairns (SUC) Curriculum Support-Valerie Macartney, Peter McAlister (SEELB) LearningNI-Eleanor Thomas Principals’ perspective-Stephen Harrison (GilnahirkPS)

3 Programme Introduction/Revised Curriculum Data-logging(Barbara Higginsbotham) Digital Movie Creator and task Lunch LearningNI (Eleanor Thomas)

4 Project Calendar SEMINAR 1- 5 th December 2008 (SUC) Introduction, data-logging, movie creator, LearningNI SEMINAR 2- 6 th February 2009 (SUC) Computer microscope, evaluation strategy, School Planning Day – t.b.a (before 23 rd February 2009) Teaching Phase – Six days, 3 weeks either side of Easter Dissemination/Evaluation -5 th June 2009

5 Project Aims School development for science Research what works, how, why? Project Outcomes Teaching resources- website, poster Evaluation evidence

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7 Engaging and Motivating Science? Make science, Relevant- enquiry ‘Modern’-digital technology Accessible- alternative approaches to recording and communication

8 Digital technology Pupils record enquiry activities Alternative/support writing Scientists communicate Evidence/evaluation Data-logging Extends range of activities/locations Promotes decision making Robust evidence

9 Computer microscope Observation and image capture Supports communication Wonder of science/life!

10 Images and communication Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Mission “I suddenly realised how isolated and lonely we are on Earth”- David Attenborough

11 DREAMS Project is about “Enhancing science enquiry by using digital technology to explore engaging and exciting methods of communication”. In a nutshell…..

12 Characteristics of Science Enquiry/Investigation Problem-based/purpose/relevance Access pupils ideas, predictions Planning Do and record Evaluate Communicate

13 Issues regarding Communication in science Too much writing puts children off science ‘Writing to learn’- range of genres and audience require knowledge deconstruction and develop understanding Scientists DO communicate Curricular links

14 Integrated approach

15 Communication provides Enquiry with purpose. Enquiry sets a context for Communication

16 Integrated approach Communication provides Enquiry with purpose. Enquiry sets a context for Communication Digital Technology extends scope and validity of Enquiry. Enquiry form determines choice of Digital Technology

17 Integrated approach Communication provides Enquiry with purpose. Enquiry sets a context for Communication Digital Technology extends scope and validity of Enquiry. Enquiry form determines choice of Digital Technology Digital technology extends range of Communication genres Communication requires Digital evidence to be effective

18 Co-planning and Co-teaching works Books And Stories In Children’s Science The Findings of the BASICS Project John F. McCullagh Glenda Walsh Julian G. Greenwood Stranmillis University College Belfast BT9 5DY Northern Ireland

19 Video Task Produce a short video based on a science investigation/enquiry activity. Include a short account of how you think this approach might enhance your science teaching Maximum duration 2 minutes

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