Becta has worked with supplier Birchfield Interactive to identify best practice and improve science teaching through an ICT research project.
Birchfield's interactive , The Earth and Beyond, has been used by a selection of GCSE pupils for the Becta science through ICT embedding Project to provide valuable feedback that could help shape a new era for teaching curriculum science. Becta, supporter of all education departments in strategic ICT development, is formulating data in the innovative and effective use of ICT to enable the transformation of learning and teaching. The Science through ICT embedding Project is supported by the DfES and aims to ensure the delivery and development of the Government's e-strategy to gather research on improving science education. After using Birchfield's software, pupils were asked to create a new mind map explaining the relationships they had learnt about whilst using the title. Conclusions from introducing the software showed the majority expressed a definite increase in scientific knowledge, displaying a higher comprehension across the class, providing Becta with valuable data in the move towards ICT's effectiveness in the classroom. Pupils taking part in the project benefited from using software to enhance personalised learning that was undertaken at their own pace, resulting in increased motivation.