IT in Secondary Science

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A whole book of ideas for using generic ICT tools in science

Lesson idea. This popular guidebook, now released as below, provides content for those keen to adopt technology for teaching science in classrooms. It includes countless ideas for using IT tools in science and provides practical examples of how they can work to good effect. Ideas within are classified as follows:

  • Communicating – using graphics, publishing and word processing tools.
  • Handling information – using a spreadsheet or database.
  • Measuring in science – using electronic sensors and data loggers.
  • Modelling ideas – using a spreadsheet, modelling software, simulation or animation.

The book pre-dated the use of the internet for communicating and research, hence the use of the term 'IT' and not 'ICT' in secondary science.

Teaching approach. This book provides 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 IT in Secondary Science
Topic [[Topics/ICT|ICT]]
Teaching approach

[[Teaching Approaches/Questioning|Questioning]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Whole class|Whole class]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Group work|Group work]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Inquiry|Inquiry]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Collaboration|Collaboration]],  [[Teaching Approaches/Scientific method|Scientific method]]

Learning Objectives
  • Collaborating with others and refining their work.
  • Creating a model to explore an idea.
  • Using appropriate media and graphs to communicate their findings.
  • Being aware of the measuring tools available investigate to investigate an idea.
  • Comparing their findings with those of others across the world.
Format / structure

Online book - licensed to ORBIT



Age of students / grade

[[Resources/Secondary age 11-16|Secondary age 11-16]],  [[Resources/Secondary|Secondary]]

Useful information

Book data: ISBN 0-9520257-2-8. 132pp spiral bound. First published 1994, revised x 11 to 2003, £16.50, see Amazon:
Author: Roger Frost

Files and resources to view and download

The resource is available in a number of formats:

Preview of some activities from 'IT in Secondary Science' by Roger Frost

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

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