Improving Preservice Teachers’ Science Knowledge by Creating, Reviewing and Publishing Slowmations to Teacher Tube
Garry Hoban, David McDonald, Brian Ferry, University of Wollongong, Australia
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
“Slowmation” (abbreviated from “Slow Animation”) is a new but simple form of stop-motion animation that supports learners in creating their own animations of science concepts. This paper presents a study of preservice elementary teachers in two science method classes (18 in one class in 2007 and 12 in another class in 2008) to ascertain if they improved their science knowledge when they used a three phase framework to create, review and publish slowmations to a web site (Teacher Tube). Qualitative data (three interviews, two concept maps and the animations as knowledge artifacts) collected from each preservice teacher showed that nearly all of them increased their science content knowledge as a result of using the framework. Uploading the slowmations to Teacher Tube was challenging for the students but enabled them to view other animations for reviewing. Getting preservice teachers to create slowmations is a new way for them to engage with science content knowledge that can be uploaded and shared on the internet.
Hoban, G., McDonald, D. & Ferry, B. (2009). Improving Preservice Teachers’ Science Knowledge by Creating, Reviewing and Publishing Slowmations to Teacher Tube. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3133-3140). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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