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Equipping the mobile teacher


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Explanation of a project to create an app to help teachers of science in Wales assess science skills

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Equipping the mobile teacher

  1. 1. Equipping the Mobile Teacher: a project to provide ‘just in time’ support for trainee teachers Christine Davies, Simon Gibbon, Darren Green University of Wales Trinity St David
  2. 2. …a project to help trainee secondary science teachers on the Teach First Programme in Wales (and every other science teacher!)
  3. 3. Teach First Teachers (all teachers!) are busy people • Need to use National Curriculum for Science skills levels and level descriptors • Need to integrate ‘Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig’ and incidental Welsh in science lessons
  4. 4. Science Skills: strands in progression see: k/topics/educatio nandskills/schools home/curriculumi nwales/arevisedcu rriculumforwales/ nationalcurriculu m/sciencenc/?lan g=en
  5. 5. How best to provide ‘just in time’ information? • Xerte good way of bringing together different types of content • Formats available for mobile devices • Free  • But: ‘learning pack’ needs to be hosted, so involves links, steps, logins: not popular with trainees
  6. 6. App Studio • Takes ready-made content • Produces app for Apple devices, especially iPhones (alternative route for Android devices) • one-click access  • But: Cost 
  7. 7. Development process
  8. 8. Evaluation • Feedback form trainee teachers indicated that format needed adjustment (potential for more cost ) • Further evaluation of modified app will take place over next few months
  9. 9. Next Steps • Welsh-language version now produced • Further evaluation of both English and Welsh versions needed • Apps made freely available to the educational community in Wales, eg. via ‘Hwb’
  10. 10. Further possibilities • Mobile ‘apps’ have great potential to support a range of different work-place learning needs eg. complex diagrams for engineering; data for finance; dosing regimes in health- care situations • Apps could be made freely available (OER), or there is a possibility of earning income!
  11. 11. Dr Christine Davies University of Wales Trinity St David Carmarthen