Effects of Using Digital Contents Designed for PDA as a Teaching Aid in an Observational Learning of Planktons for Fieldworks on a Ship

H. Miyata and M. Ishigami (Japan)

Keywords

Digital Contents for PDA, Webbased Database System, Improvement of classroom instructions through the use of ICT, Videoondemand contents by wireless LAN, Supports for observational studies in science education

Abstract

We developed “The World of Planktons in Lake Biwa,” which is digital contents for use as a teaching aid in the observational learning of planktons that is conducted aboard a ship as part of science lessons. This content consists of a search page with 350 still images to be used to search and identify over 200 types of planktons living in Lake Biwa; pages providing 45 video clips of actions that are difficult to observe directly, such as the hatching of plankton eggs and cell division; pages explaining cell division; and a “digital sketch” page on which students can upload and publish hand-drawn pictures. The developed content was used in actual lessons for fifth grade primary school students observing planktons aboard a ship. We validated the effectiveness of the digital content from the perspectives of (1) “interest, motivation, and attitude”; (2) “thinking and judging”; (3) “technique and expression”; and (4) “knowledge and understanding.”

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