ICT and Primary Science

ICT and Primary Science

ICT and Primary Science

ICT and Primary Science

Synopsis

ICT is often used as a quick way of recording data in the primary science classroom, but when ICT becomes an integral part of primary science both subjects become more exciting, meaningful and relevant. Throughout this book, the authors emphasise that primary science is at its best as a practical, hands-on experience for children. When ICT is used in an integral way, it can enable practical work to be done at a more sophisticated level, helping children to make sense of their findings. The book includes several case studies from primary classrooms and each chapter includes practical suggestions for teachers. The wide-ranging topics covered include: * databases andnbsp;spreadsheets * data logging * control technology * ICT, drama and science * school visits * planning for ICT and science * choosing and using software. ICT and Primary Science is an accessible and jargon-free resource for teachers and student teachers of primary science.

Excerpt

John Williams has worked in Primary Education for over thirty years as Class Teacher, Head Teacher, Advisor for Science, Governor and as a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education. It was during his time as a Head Teacher in Kent that he realised the potential of ict in education, and his school was one of the first in the country to use computers for teaching primary age children. He has written many books on primary science, and Design and Technology. He has recently retired from full-time teaching at Anglia Polytechnic University, where he was the Admissions Tutor and a lecturer responsible for the teaching of Design and Technology to student teachers. By dividing his time between Italy and the uk, he remains involved with primary education, lecturing, supervising students in schools, and of course more writing.

Nick Easingwood is Senior Lecturer for ict in Education and acts as the ict Co-ordinator for the School of Education of Anglia Polytechnic University. Apart from leading a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) Secondary ict course, he also contributes to Primary and other Secondary Initial Teacher Education courses, as well as in-service Bachelors and Masters degree courses. He maintains regular contact with schools through visiting students on their school experiences, having himself spent 11 years as an Essex primary school teacher. His research interests include the development of online resources for student teachers and their capabilities in ict on entering Higher Education. He has a growing publications record, including ict and Literacy (2001) which he jointly edited, as well as a contribution to the second edition of Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning, edited by Janet Moyles and Gill Robinson, which was published in April 2002.

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