The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

So, the Year 6 students have just completed the Science Week Fair. If you were able to get down to see it then you will have been impressed by the displays, but I don't want to focus on the creative ideas that were implemented by the boys and supported by the teachers. I want to reflect on the process.

This was the first science fair completed by the boys on their new iPad devices. The outcome was fantastic and equally impressive was the spectrum of skill sets the teachers developed with the students to achieve their outcomes.

The notetaking and background research were predominantly scaffolded in a OneNote Class Notebook. The automatic synchronisation of the student input gave teachers quick access to review, feedback and support the boys through the process. The ease with which typed text, written comments, diagrams, images, videos and hyperlinks can be added and modified makes OneNote an ideal tool. When it came to the wide variety of experimental activities the iPad showed itself to be very effective and flexible to measure and record. Whether it was jumping, throwing, dropping, a chemical reaction or even an explosion, the iPad was used to capture data, record video or take images for later analysis. Creating a poster using Adobe Spark Post for the iPad allowed for very slick presentations to be made with a minimum of fuss. On a whole the teachers agreed the quality of the output by the students was the best they had seen to date.

I know the teachers have worked exceptionally hard to encourage the students to think carefully about the process taken and leverage the assets provided by an iPad, allowing them to show what they are capable of. The students presented impressive work, and I know the homeroom teachers have worked tirelessly to make this event seamless and successful. If you get a chance, have a chat to one of the Year 6 students to see the depth of understanding they have of the scientific process and of their chosen topic. I know you will be as impressed as I was.

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