As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the amount of reading to undertake this year is ever growing. However, one area of study that I can’t stop reading around is for my research project.
Although it’s not yet been approved by the ethics committee, I am hoping to conduct my first piece of professional research into how iPads can enhance the learning of (primary) science using the outdoor classroom.
While tablet PCs have been trying to revolutionise the market for years, it was (arguably) the introduction of the iPad in 2010 that truly changed how tablet PCs can be used. Naturally, because of the publishing process, much of the research has only recently begun to become available.
Therefore, the literature search I’ve completed (comprising journal articles and books) has resulted in a dearth of research on the use of tablet PCs in primary science. Fortunately, I have been able to source a wealth of research on the development and effective use of ICT in primary schools, as well as the use of ICT in science.
To date, my reading has re-affirmed what I thought about the use of iPads in the primary classroom, but I am intrigued to focus on how best to use them in the context of primary science. Can they really extend and/or enhance the current curriculum content? Or, will they ultimately become a glorified laptop?
- BECTA (2005) Tablet PCs in schools: A review of literature and selected projects
- Harlen, W. (ed) (2011) ASE Guide to Primary Science Education, Hatfield: The Association of Science Education
- Redington-Bennett, K. (2011) Less Than a Class Set. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), December/January 2011-12, 22-25.