Learning about science with parents : Developing an Educational Program for Scientific Experiments Using Cell Phones PROCEEDINGS
Jun Nakahara, The University of Tokyo, Japan ; Etsuji Yamaguchi, Miyazaki University, Japan ; Toshihisa Nishimori, Toshio Mochizuki, The University of Tokyo, Japan ; Mai Nakano, Bennese Corporation, Japan ; Yutaka Furuta, Rikkyo Niiza junior high school, Japan ; Seiji Sekine, Spiceworks, Inc, Japan ; Junichi Ofusa, Tama art university, Japan ; Yoji Takikawa, Yuhei Yamauchi, The University of Tokyo, Japan
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
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.
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 Media and Technology 2008 (pp. 203-211). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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