Mobile Technologies in Science Education

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Mobile Technologies in Science Education Eric Demoncheaux, PhD

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Challenges Overcoming students' overwhelming concern for their image, social status, after school activities, etc. Getting students to apply what they have learnt. Finding a way to get students to apply what they learn, and to recognize how to apply the lessons.

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Preconceptions and Misconceptions Science has a kind of built-in curiosity. Tackling the misconceptions and preconceptions leads to student self-correction. Install in them the desire to learn more.

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Teach students to think beyond the text "Teaching Science" means getting students to "think". Memorization is necessary to learn the fundamentals. To really learn science, and to master it, requires the development of critical thinking skills.

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Memorisation of facts Concentrate on memorizing facts. Teach students how to use those facts.

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You can't look everything up You can't put information to good use if you don’t know how. Students need to be able to explain things clearly and completely and accurately to others, in speech and on paper.

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You can lead a horse to water … Create a sense of purpose, of direction and future before you teach. You have to have a class of students that have some willingness to learn, some desire to achieve, however slight.

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Can technology help? Many schools lack adequate facilities for lab work. Science could be “done” online with the help of pre-recorded real experiments and interactive data collection. Online labs allow to "flip" the science lab. Online labs may prove to be cheaper than real labs too.

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Mobile Learning

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iPads in the classroom Another perspective:

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Online resources Lots of online resources for Chemistry - related teaching here: The Royal Society of Chemistry has also released a free app for ipads, iphones and android phones called Elements of Nutrition.

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Mobile learning Amplify, Spongelab, Edmodo and Educade. Edmodo allows locking of the ipads so that students can’t misuse them during lessons. Nearpod allows to make interactive presentations.

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iPads apps for STEM Education This link takes you to the edshelf “tools” where collections can be built based on subject, age of learners, device platform.

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‘Exploriments' ‘Exploriments' has a range of apps for your high school classes:

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File sharing Notability is an app which may be used for worksheets and submitting work for electronic assessment.

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More apps … Biology - Protozoan - Might microbes - colour test - motion pics - google earth -science 360 Chemistry - Lab assisstant -Mahjong chem - chemical -chemical by design - circular motion -Mol.Wt.Finder -formulas lite -Molarity - molecules - chemistry -Atoms in motion - Elements -Atoms HD -sMole Builder - Lewis Dots -Nova elements -Salts - The elements Astronomy - GoSkyWatchP -NASA -NASA Viz -Nasa science - Starwalk - Hubble site - Solar walk - earth viewer - Saturn Anatomy - 3D brain - Essential Skeleton - 3D cardiovascular system -3D Digestive system Physics -E fields -Fourier Touch -Angry birds -Projectile -string

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Apps for STEM CGP has a couple of good apps for revision. One version is free. iCell is great for discovery of cell structures. Virtual dissections are fun as each student can get involved. Students can also make up their own word searches on puzzle-maker.

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iPADS and its camera functions StoMo, free stop motion.

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More apps Biology - Gene Screen Chemistry - Organic 3D, MPSE (Best free Periodic table app) Teaching - Explain Everything, Lino

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Avoiding the technology is impossible iPads in the classroom allow us to move away from the 'sage on the stage' and can enhance the learning for everyone. Yet, so many apps are 'nice to haves', but not 'must haves'.

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Support the learning of others Taking away i-Pads, or giving them to students to use, does not make good learners. Good learners are developed by: an atmosphere that values learning a curriculum that provides challenges that can be satisfied by hard work and commitment.