The impact of digital content in the Junior Cycle curriculum
Finlayson, Odilla and Farren, Margaret (2005) The impact of digital content in the Junior Cycle curriculum. Project Report. National Centre for Technology in Education.
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Science Unleashed (SU) is a pilot project aimed at Junior Cycle students in second level schools in Ireland. It is part of the IMMERSE initiative (Innovative Multi-Media Educational Resources for Students and Educators) which aims to produce a range of digital learning and teaching materials for use in primary schools (Visual Arts and Sci-Spy) and post primary schools (Science Unleashed).
In this pilot project of SU material, 15 video clips had been prepared and were trialed in two stages in 6 second level schools, 5 of which were in the Dublin region. The key evaluation was to examine the impact of the use of these video clips within the classroom both on the teachers’ methodology and also on students learning. A website accompanied the DVDs and provided additional support material. The National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) selected three schools in February 2004, which were evaluated in May 2004. A further 4 schools were trialed in October 2004, with their evaluation in November 2004.
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