Design and Evaluation of a Smart Device Science Lesson to Improve Students’ Inquiry Skills

Leo A. Siiman, Margus Pedaste, Mario Mäeots, Äli Leijen, Miia Rannikmäe, Zacharias C. Zacharia, Ton de Jong

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The prevalence of smart devices among young people is undeniably large, but concerns that they distract learning may be limiting their use in schools. In this study we demonstrate how tablet computers can be used effectively for teaching science. A digital biology lesson was designed in the Go-Lab environment and tested with 28 students (16–18 years old). Among the multiple tasks in the lesson, students had to search the internet for information, share digital data, formulate research questions and hypotheses using Go-Lab inquiry apps and interact with a virtual laboratory. Two conditions which differed only in the level of scaffolding provided by inquiry apps were studied. Results from pre- to posttest scores showed a statistically significant improvement in inquiry skills for students in both conditions. Overall, the findings suggest that an effective way to apply smart devices in science lessons is with digital materials that engage students in inquiry-based learning
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning – ICWL 2017
Subtitle of host publication16th International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 20-22, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsHaoran Xie, Elvira Popescu, Gerhard Hancke, Baltasar Fernández Manjón
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-66733-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-66732-4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017
Event16th International Conference on Web-Based Learning 2017: Advances in Web-Based Learning - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 20 Sep 201722 Sep 2017
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference16th International Conference on Web-Based Learning 2017
Abbreviated titleICWL 2017
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town


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