The focus of these packages is on how teaching scientific content is enhanced by the use of digital technologies. They each look at the rationale for using a technological approach and the ways in which this changes how students learn, how their scientific understanding develops and how skills are improved.

You will gain an understanding of how to use specific educational technologies in the study of science, how to organise your classroom, and be given a range of teaching strategies and classroom management ideas. References to further material for your professional learning are also provided.

The early years of schooling

This package focuses on teaching about the properties of metals. It uses a digital learning object to bring science experiments into the early years classroom and allows students to develop the scientific skills of prediction, observation and conclusion.

Upper primary years and the first years of lower secondary schooling

This package looks at how you can use data-logging apparatus with students to conduct sophisticated inquiries into phenomena in the natural world. It also demonstrates how digital stories enable students to communicate their scientific understanding and can lead to different learning outcomes from those of a traditional written report; and the educational reasons for choosing one or the other.

Years 9 and 10

This package focuses on teaching about the scientific concept of conservation of energy. It uses simulation software as a stimulus for scientific inquiry. The package demonstrates how you can use the simulation of a skate ramp to facilitate a typical scientific experimental model to design an experiment, gather and interpret data and report on findings.