Overview – General Overview – You are a physics/science teacher who often teaches material outside of your area of expertise. The teachers at your school principally use a teacher-centered approach in their teaching. Some of the teachers have started to move toward a learner-centered approach and have adopted project-based learning. The teachers rarely attend professional development courses.
Organizational Goals – The school aims to have ICT integrated into all subjects’ teaching and learning through project-based learning in the classroom. Most of the classrooms in the school contain a computer and a data projector. The school management motivates teachers to integrate ICT during their lessons. The school furthermore plans to deploy 100 wireless laptop computers that will include student response systems. The school also plans to deploy interactive whiteboards in all of the science classrooms/laboratories. Learning and Teaching Environment Your students are between the ages of 12 and 14. Most of them have experience using computers and other technologies. You regularly use ICT to achieve learning objectives and to present new information to the students. You teach primarily in a classroom dedicated to science (science laboratory). The classroom also contains the following Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources: Speakers One printer One scanner One digital camera One data projector One computer that is connected to the Internet
Objectives – Learning Objectives – The students will be able to develop collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity skills in their science work. Professional Development Objectives Your professional development objectives are to: use ICT effectively for teaching and learning; incorporate appropriate ICT activities into lesson plans so as to support students’ acquisition of school subject matter knowledge; and integrate the use of ICT into the curriculum.
Question The school plans to deploy six of the planned laptops in each classroom. You were asked to recommend a solution that enables each student to use the laptops as part of a group project. What should you recommend? This item is part of a case study. To view the case study information, click on the Case Study button below.
A. Make your classroom available to students at lunchtime and after school.
B. Have all the groups first plan their project, and then book timeslots for computer use.
C. Assign one computer to each group.
D. Let students from any group use any of the computers as needed.