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Monday, March 13 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Inquiry-based Science Learning with Digital Tools FILLING

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Secondary school Physics students find learning of physics concepts, especially abstract physical phenomena, challenging. Students have to process new information and understandings in descriptive form and to relate them to equations while using a range of symbolisms to represent what they understood. In Yishun Secondary School, a team of teachers identified Electromagnetism as a challenging topic due to its less intuitive and abstract nature as compared to other O-level Physics topics.

A systematic approach based on 5E Instructional Model facilitated by technology is used to teach and learn the electromagnetic concepts. Students are empowered to visualise concepts and co-construct conceptual knowledge to deepen their learning through meaningful scientific inquiry activities. In this aspect, the learning of concepts is an active process. The technology-enabled learning environment is versatile enough to support a variety of teaching strategies and learning experiences for both self-directed and collaborative learners with teacher facilitation.
Through various activities, students visualised and explained the interaction of 'Force', 'Magnetic Field' and 'Current' in Electromagnetism. Preliminary observations showed that the questioning pedagogy were effective in raising students’ curiosity and motivating students’ questioning to resolve misconceptions and to extend learning. The use of ICT tools such as Google Apps (e.g. Google forms) and other web 2.0 tools made students thinking visible, and provided the teacher with feedback and insights into students' thinking and conceptual understanding. Analysis of both formative assessment data also indicated positive impact on students’ learning outcomes.
Participants would benefit from the sharing of the increase understanding of the role of teacher as a designer of learning experiences and environments and how the technology enabled inquiry based learning enhances teaching practice and development of pedagogical-content knowledge, as well as develop 21st century competencies. Findings from this study would be discussed with recommendations for incorporation of more interactive web 2.0 tools, development of teacher facilitation skills and enhancement of effective assessment for self-directed and collaborative learning.


Mr. Hoo Yin Hong, Alvin

A Physics teacher who also championed ICT in the Science Department

Monday March 13, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am

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