|Workshop: collecting information|
This page gives activities and resources for collecting experimental data and comparing it with computer models of that data derived from scientific theories.
This activity is designed to introduce you to the hardware and software which can be used to collect data from experiments - and suggest one way in which this can be used.
In addition to a box to link your computer with the sensors which measure the data, you need software to display and help the interpretation of that data. Two products which do this are DataDisc Pro from Philip Harris and Insight from Logotron. (You will be using the second of these today.)
You should start by downloading the instruction sheet for the activity - and may need to look at the manuals for the hardware and software you will be using.
Instruction sheets for some other activities I have used with my students can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
Two books of ideas on data logging in science are:
Both are by Roger Frost and both are published by the ASE. He also has a website with more tips.
A brief survey of the research in this area can be found in Roy Barton's paper 'Does data logging change the nature of children's thinking in experimental work in science?' This is chapter 5 (pp 66-72) of Bridget Somekh's book 'Using information technology effectively in teaching and learning' published by Routledge.