Developed for use in secondary school (ages 11-18 years), GeoSciTeach is specifically designed to be used by both teachers and students in science classes. Being fully customisable means teachers are able to modify and adapt the application to meet the needs of their students, whether it be Year 7 (11-12 year olds) carrying out ecological studies around the school grounds, or post-16 year olds investigating the shapes of molecules as they consider chemical reactions.
GeoSciTeach is straightforward to use, even for teachers with limited knowledge of digital technologies and, due to its intuitive nature, something which students quickly adapt to using, both inside and outside of the classroom. It gives both teachers and students the opportunity to engage with ideas about how we visualise things on maps, in models and two-and three-dimensional representations. Students are able to collect data and manipulate it in new ways, developing their spatial skills as well as enhancing their understanding of scientific phenomena.
But GeoSciTeach isn’t just for the Science Classroom. The nature of the application lends itself to wider use within schools, for example a History topic looking at epidemics and John Snow’s work on cholera or a modern language lesson looking at language use throughout the world and their derivation. In a wider sense, it also encourages cross-curricular fertilisation and could easily support collapsed project days.