This course will show you how to use handheld devices imaginatively and creatively for exploring science and the garden. Open Futures trainers will show you how to use your own digital devices to observe, identify, classify and record plants and animals so that you can confidently run your own investigations back at school. With simple technology that is freely available, you can encourage pupils to become independent enquirers in the outdoor environment. It can develop scientific and gardening skills to provide them with memorable learning experiences that will inspire a love of nature now and in the future.
At the end of this one-day course you will have:
Learnt how to select and use your own and other digital devices to build pupil’s skills in identifying, classifying, sequencing, observing, recording and comparing in the natural environment
Explored plant structures through your own annotated photographs, taken in the field.
Tried your hand at making a short film on the importance of trees
Gained ideas for short digital projects or challenges that are both inspiring and achievable in a school setting and plan your next steps
Suitable for teachers, teaching assistants, ICT and science subject coordinators at Key Stages 1 and 2
STEM, gardening club and youth group leaders for all ages groups (5 to 16)
No previous experience required