The data logging landscape:
The importance of hand-held learning
Data loggers make scientific experiments simple and in real-time. Together, analysis software, data loggers and sensors provide multimedia project-based learning for 21st century K-12 science. Computer based laboratories (CBL), allow students and teachers to experience real science in key fields including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science.
Developing a 21st century skill-set
- Observe real-life science and view results in easy-to-understand displays
- Participate and stay on-task with collaborative and project-based learning
- Prepare for an increasingly technology-dependent future
Parallel real scientific processes
Just like real scientists – activate the process of hypothesis, data measurement and collection, followed by data analysis and reporting. Automating repetitive manual data collection increases the rate of experiment success and allows students to focus on the pedagogically valuable elements of the process: Data analysis, result prediction and scientifically evaluated conclusions.
Making science relevant
Students most effectively acquire and retain information when it reflects the reality they experience outside the classroom, allowing them to make cognitive connections that last. When science experiments are performed as a means to solve every day challenges then students can grasp the importance of the discipline as a whole.
Starting science and math early
Young children build on mental structures, creating new concepts based on what they have already learnt. Hypothesizing and analyzing with early math and science builds a key foundation for logical and reasoning skills. Research shows pre-schoolers who experience hands-on science continue to perform higher than the national average.
Science is still taking too long to teach
Despite all the research, and available tools, teachers are moving away from inquiry-based science because they simply don’t have the available lesson time.
When each lesson is only 45 minutes they don’t have time to:
- Set up and clear away 90+ products for every lab session
- Test and calibrate dozens of sensors every day
- Reach specific benchmarks every lesson and train students to pass tests