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Data Logging and Control

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A compendium with numerous ideas for using sensors to teach science.

Lesson idea. A book of ideas showing the scope for using sensors to measure in science. Drawing on many sources, it catalogues the sensors available and suggests what they might be used for. There are not only classic and novel school experiments but also ideas to investigate, such as ‘which fabric keeps us warmest?’ Though this manual appeared at a time when teachers were asking ‘what do I use the technology for’, it also aimed to show how sensors can enhance science teaching. Some of the ideas from this book are collected on our page with data logging ideas.

Teaching approach. This book provides a set of resources and lesson ideas with ICT(i) as a key focus for use in inquiry(ta) based learning and the scientific method(ta). It offers opportunities for use of group work(ta) and collaboration(ta) as well as whole class(ta) questioning(ta). (edit)

Resource details
Title Data Logging and Control
Topic ICT
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives
  • Predicting the kind of graph their experiment will show.
  • Evaluating their results and redo their work if needed - more so than in a traditional experiment.
  • Analysing their graph data, such as compute areas or plot a differential of a change.
  • Stating what a graph shows about a change.
  • Saying how a graph tells them what is happening.
  • Seeing ways to take their experiment further.
Format / structure

Online book - licensed to ORBIT

Subject
Age of students / grade

Secondary,  KS3,  KS4


Useful information

Book data: ISBN 095202571X 132pp spiral bound. First published in 1993, revised x 11 to 2004, £16.50, see Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roger-Frost/e/B0034PHJ5M.
Author: Roger Frost

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Acknowledgement

This resource was created by Roger Frost, and is under the ORBIT's CC licence.

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This resource was created by Roger Frost, and is under the ORBIT's CC licence.