UPGRADING SCIENCE WITH ENGLISH AND ICTJournal: GAMTAMOKSLINIS UGDYMAS / NATURAL SCIENCE EDUCATION (Vol.19, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2022-10-15
Authors : Suzana Kotnjek;
Page : 22-36
Keywords : cross-curricular integration; ICT; online applications; science teaching;
The 21st century brought many changes to the Slovenian school system. The idea of teaching using more modern, active methods and forms of learning and teaching where the student follows the idea "What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand!" was necessary. Information and communication technology development enabled all participants in learning and teaching to look outside the box and beyond the horizon. It enabled students to be more involved in the pedagogical process and encouraged their activity. The Covid-19 pandemic literally overnight changed the learning and teaching process. The students were confused and scared, and the teachers faced the professional challenge and the desire to motivate their students and reach their educational goals. Using online applications (Liveworksheets, Edpuzzle, WordItOut, Wordwall), developing reading comprehension, formative assessment, flipped learning, making videos, and multilingual teaching in combination with classic methods is a successful example of a months-long cross-curricular integration of science and English. The evaluation of the work and the students' reflection showed how vital good lesson planning is, as well as the fluidity and almost imperceptible intertwining of the two subject areas (Chemistry-English and Biology-English). Immediate feedback helped to reach the learning goals faster and better. Multilingualism is an essential step toward the school of the future. The quality of the acquired knowledge and skills was visible in the final report - the student's grades.
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