This weekend I gave a talk at the ASE Conference in Birmingham. The subject was the creative use of ICT in Science. You can download a pdf version of the presentation here.

Here are the main tools, and articles mentioned in the talk:

Collaborative Tools

Digital Storytelling Tools

“Digital storytelling” is simply using computer-based tools to tell a story. There are many different ways to do this – from making movies, recording voices, creating animations or electronic books.

In schools they can help to take a task that might be seen as mundane – write a report, write a story, explain a process, describe an experiment – and turn it into something a whole lot more interesting. See this post for more.

Making Comics


Screencasting allows the choldren to record combination of drawing, images and speech into video. Use to create presentations and demonstrate understanding. Can use for Teacher feedback

Talking Pictures / Avatars

Take an image of a scientist and make them speak! Or have a conversation between two scientists to explain a scientific concept. Use Talking Cutie to photograph a piece of laboratory equipment and record a short piece that explains what it is, and how it works.


Movies and Animation

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations.

This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models.

Also see : Augmented reality tools in the science classroom

Elements 4D is an AR chemistry app for iOS and Android devices which provides a fun way to look at various different chemical reactions.

ZooKazam is a fun app for IOS that allows you to bring wild animals into the classroom without all the mess and inevitable legal action. When the targets are viewed through the app, an animal will magically appear. You could get a whale on your desk, or a hippo in your school hall!

NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is a free app for iOS devices that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used by NASA to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe.

Anatomy 4D is a very cool free app which allows you to explore an augmented reality 3D body. The app provides models of the human body as well as an interactive heart. You can peel back the layers on the body to see the different systems, such as the skeleton


Simulations and Models

Quizzes and Assessment

Useful Links

10 Creative Apps for Digital Storytelling in class

Ed Tech should be about evolution, not revolution.

BESA Research on Tablets and Connectivity in the UK 2015.

Education Endowment Foundation : Impact of Digital Tech on Learning

And don’t forget, you can download a pdf version of the presentation here.

Science CPD

I am able to offer a range of science-related CPD sessions, from iPads in Primary Science to Creative ways to teach the new Science National Curriculum. You can find more information about my CPD courses here. Any questions, do please get in touch.