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Learning about science with parents : Developing an Educational Program for Scientific Experiments Using Cell Phones PROCEEDINGS

, The University of Tokyo, Japan ; , Miyazaki University, Japan ; , , The University of Tokyo, Japan ; , Bennese Corporation, Japan ; , Rikkyo Niiza junior high school, Japan ; , Spiceworks, Inc, Japan ; , Tama art university, Japan ; , , The University of Tokyo, Japan

World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

We have developed a hands-on science educational program for forth and fifth grade elementary school children and their parents in which they have conducted a series of science experiments. The name of the program is “Oyako de Science: Learning about Science with Parents (in short: OYAKO).” The subject “light” was taught for three weeks. At first, a child and his parent attended a workshop. Next, the child conducted science experiments on his own at home. Finally the child and parent together did experiments at home. The learning tool indispensable to OYAKO is the cell phone. The cell phone informs the child about the procedures of the experiment. Using the cell phone, the child takes a short quiz to check his understanding. The other role of the cell phone is in enhancing “the engagement of parents in their child’s learning.” The cell phone makes it possible for parents to participate in their children’s science education. The cell phone will provide information about what and when the child is doing the experiment and how well they have understood.

Citation

Nakahara, J., Yamaguchi, E., Nishimori, T., Mochizuki, T., Nakano, M., Furuta, Y., Sekine, S., Ofusa, J., Takikawa, Y. & Yamauchi, Y. (2008). Learning about science with parents : Developing an Educational Program for Scientific Experiments Using Cell Phones. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 203-211). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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