Earth Course: Knowledge Acquisition in Technology Enhanced Learning STEM Education in Primary School
Abstract: Earth Course is a Technology Enhanced Learning Large-Scale pilot carried out as part of the European Horizon 2020 NEWTON project focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths education, specifically on four main topics: Biosphere, Atmosphere/Physics, Astronomy and Geosphere. It was carried out in two Irish primary schools located in Dublin, St. Patrick’s Boys National School (BNS) and Corpus Christi Girls National School (GNS), where two 5th classes with students of 10-11 years old were employed in each school. One class in each school employed NEWTON technology as an introductory tool to a particular Earth Course topic (30 boys and 30 girls) and one class as a revision tool (30 boys and 27 girls). 8 separate learning sessions were carried out during this pilot employing digital educational content developed as part of the NEWTON project. The focus of this paper is on the knowledge acquisition assessment for the two classes in each school showing that most NEWTON approach lessons benefited learners, with a slight advantage for its employment as a revision tool, rather than an introductory tool.