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ICT in science education in schools and professional development. Seminar atNTNU Skolelaboratoriet 17.06.2013


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  • 1. Dr. Svava PétursdóttirUniversity of Iceland, School of EducationSeminar at NTNU Skolelaboratoriet17. júní 2013Reykjavík, Iceland.svavap@hi.isICT and scienceeducation –in schools and professionaldevelopment
  • 2. UnglingaherbergiComputersMobile phoneMp3 playerExternal hard drive2
  • 3. Where is technology in schools?Smartphone ?3
  • 4. Phase II Qualitative exploration ofteachers´ICT usePhase III InterventionsTests, observations,interviews40 Volunteers fromsurvey2 Focus groups(4+2)10 interviewsInterventionteachers andpupilsFour cases +13 Comparisonteachers andpupilsPhase I123 responses to asurvey on ICT use1 new recruit4
  • 5. Use of ICT in Iceland 2009“Often”• internet searches• word processing• presentation software• watch videos• take photos“Close to never”• simulations• data loggers• data bases“Seldom”• spread sheets• educational software• e-mail• photo editingSince• Tablets• apps• e-books•smart-phonesIn a fewschools
  • 6. 1. Pupilsinsertnumber ofmolecules2. Websitedrawsdiagrams3. Websitegivesfeedback
  • 7. 1. Pupilschoosenumber oforganismsand startsimulation2. Website shows how ecosystem fares, pupils can view progressin three different formats3. Websitegives score
  • 8. 2. Pupils control environment1. Pupils choose experiment,read and follow instructions3. Pupils observe bugs andpopulation
  • 9. Links to reading materialwith simple animationsQuiz 2-8 questionsLinks to morepages with samestructure
  • 10. Lessons learned• Interactive GOOD !!– to much BAD !!• Relevant GOOD !!– Will be on the test• Reading from screen NOT GOOD• Language – not a problem– if low requirements
  • 11. Hew and Brush 2007Subject cultureGeneral set of institutionalizedpractices and expectations whichhas grown up around a particularschool subjectTeacher attitude/beliefTeacher´s belief about theeducational purpose of usingtechnology in the teachingand learning processAttitudes towards work“going the extra mile”Knowledge/SkillsTechnology skillsTechnology-supportedpedagogy skillsTechnology-related-classroom managementskillsContent knowledgeInstitutionLeadershipTime-tablingstructureSchool planResourcesAvailability of technologyAccess to technologyTimeTechnical supportAssessementMeasuring studentlearning, typicallythrough high-stakesexaminationsTechnologyIntegrationNot relevant inan Icelandiccontext, nohigh stakestesting inscience (PISA)Where is thecurriculumand policyWhere isprofessionalsupport relatedto knowledgeand skills –isolationIn resources –availability ofrelevant DLRin IcelandicAmbitionandincentivesPupils?11
  • 12. National level Institution/school level Teacher level Classroom levelSubject culture ICT cultureSubject prestige No testing Teaching methods-Pedagogy Modes of learningTeacherattitude/belief• educational purpose ofusing ICT in teaching• towards workKnowledge/SkillsTechnology skillsTechnology-supportedpedagogy skillsTechnology-related-classroom managementskillsContent knowledgeSupport CPDLeadershipCoP Peer supportResourcesAvailability of technology Access to technologyDLR´s -RelevanceTechnical support Time-tablingPolicyCurriculumSchool self evaluationUnion agreementsTechnologyIntegrationPUPILSNeedsandwishesTime – PrioritisationTime to learn Time to plan Time to evaluate Time to practice12
  • 13. • The pattern ........A goodteacher ?Lesseffectiveteacher ?
  • 14. • What if ........• Gets toolsAquiresknowledge
  • 15. Conclusion• “ICT is not the golden ticket”• Short intervention, not realistic to expectlarge differences• Good tools can make a difference but .......• Tools do not replace effectie teacching• A good tool in the hands of a good teacherthe ideal situation
  • 16. Náttúrutorg
  • 17. The aims are to strengthenscience education• Cooperation ofteachers• To shareknowledge andexperience• Break professionalisolation• With help from ICTtools• Pedagogical contentknowledge• Content knowledge• Teaching methods• Practical work• Outdoor education• ICT• Education forsustainability
  • 18. Community onFacebook18WebsiteMeetings,seminars,workshops
  • 19. Teachers :• Ask questions• Give advice• Share resources• Discuss issuesJune 2013181 membersActive groupOver 120 see postsCommunity onFacebook
  • 20. Just saw a funexperiment onyoutube, here isa link toinstuctions to alot ofexperiments , ahandy website.Cool, to put astopwatch onthe projectorif you aremeasuringheartrateswith pupils
  • 21. Menntakvika 2011Question aboutteaching ideason nuclearenergy13 repliesMaterial for awhole teachingsequence
  • 22. Share experienceExplore and discussAsk questionsshareOthers silently “LISTENING”
  • 23. Vefsíða• Links to resources• Notices• Mailing list• Bank of resources
  • 24. • Conference every year?• Educamps• Reach to a larger area• Experiment withdifferent models of CPD
  • 25. Possible ideas- thinking outloud• Professional development• Teaching methods– Inquery based teaching– ICT– Combined ?• Research on impact– Observations– User surveys– Focus groups
  • 26. Tak for meg Svava Pétursdó 27