The Association for Science Education

K5.0 Science Issues CDRom

Abstract

Science Issues and the National Curriculum

This is a multimedia learning package to help students understand the scientific ideas behind a wide range of environmental issues, including pollution, biotechnology, global warming, habitat loss, fossil fuels, nuclear power, agriculture, your home, the way your body works and transport. These issues together enable this CD to cover almost all the topics of the England and Wales National Curriculum for secondary science. An easy to access index allows you to enter this package either through one of the issues or through a National Curriculum topic.

Many people find scientific ideas hard to grasp - this is not surprising as they are often quite contrary to our everyday ideas. Based on research into young people's often naive scientific notions, this learning package helps students develop their understanding by exploring the science behind a range of environmental issues.

Taking full advantage of the potential of multimedia, Science Issues uses a range of interactive animations, games and learning activities. These bring basic science to life for learners aged 14 upwards - from GCSE, further and higher education students, to teachers and intending teachers (both primary and secondary).

Education Guardian CD of the Week

The following evaluation is taken from Education Guardian CD of the Week, Tuesday 13th July 2004:

"All of the topics are covered in great detail, and the authors have catered for a wide range of learning styles, using animated scenes, video footage and textual information (also available in spoken form). This is incredibly useful as it means there is no reliance upon a single style of presentation to get an important point across.

"The content is of an extremely high quality. The narration is clear and sounds as though it is by a lecturer [it is!] rather than a voiceover expert, thus helping the user to feel confident about the information given.

"When animations of experiments are played, the user is asked stimulating questions in order to provoke thought or discussion. In addition, a series of questions arise which the user can attempt to answer if they wish. The language used is extremely encouraging and will aid the most reticent of students."



To obtain a copy of the Science Issues CDrom

Currently this CD is available through the University of Gloucestershire.They are selling off the remainder of the CDs at cost price.
A single user licence is £15 
A site licence (for any educational institution) is now £50.
For further details and method of payment please follow:
http://www.scienceissues.org.uk

There are 10 units in the CD

1 Matter - Solid waste management and recycling
2 Genetics - Cell function and genetic engineering
3 Atmosphere - Ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and acid rain
4 Biodiversity - Evolution and chaos theory
5 Energy - Its distinction from matter and its degradation over time
6 Radioactivity - Its uses and safety
7 Agriculture - Plants, animals and the soil
8 The Home - How materials and energy are used
9 Health - How our body works
10 Transport - Forces, energy and navigation
 
Here is a screenshot from the unit on Atmosphere: