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ERIC Number: EJ911849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1377
O'Brien, Nick
Education in Science, n238 p14 Jun 2010
This article describes LabSkills, a revolutionary teaching tool to improve practical science in schools. LabSkills offers the chance to help improve the exposure that the average Key Stage 5 (age 16-19) student has to practical work. This is a huge area for development being highlighted by universities who are seeing a worryingly growing trend in students with little practical experience. From the outset, LabSkills presents an interface that is easy to use and well thought out. It is quick and easy for students to navigate their way around the menu and to always return to this point. There are welcomed useful menu items at the top of the screen; simple things, such as having a Periodic Table, glossary and calculator to hand, make this software easy to use without interruption, helping students to remain focused and concentrate on the tasks and tests given. When a student looks at a typical practical technique, there are high-quality videos that allow the student to follow a technique step-by-step. Far more useful than a simple demonstration or video, this allows students to replay each step, or sequence of steps, if they need to and goes some way to increasing their confidence when they come to do the technique for themselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom