The final study of OBSY.

This study is an extension of the study that took place in Thailand last year (2015). I conducted research study in urban and rural schools with 11 students and 2 teachers. I examined how students interact with our prototype called “Observation Learning System (OBSY)”  and investigated how well it supports learning in science experiments in order to prepare children for key elements of 21st century learning skills (critical thinking, creative thinking, collaborating and communicating). The observation research method was conducted with the purpose of understanding how students interact with their friends, teachers and OBSY. Questionnaires and interview sessions were employed to assess students’ engagement in learning and the usability of the OBSY system. In addition, the reliability, robustness and user-friendliness of the sensor device, mobile app and local Wi-Fi network were tested. The study provided me with valuable information on how to improve the prototype and future research methodology. I had feedback to revise the OBSY hardware and software in order to improve students’ attention, engagement, learning outcome and system performance.

The current study will further investigate how students further develop their content knowledge creation and learning engagement through OBSY implementation. Three science learning activities will be introduced to students including Hello Mouldy, My Little Mushrooms and Light Up. Students will learn about mould and mushrooms by growing them in different conditions to explore and identify what makes them grow fast and healthy. The Light Up activity will allow students to explore how light travels and to observe the amount of light which passes through various objects (transparent, translucent and opaque). Notably, the experimental research study will be applied for the field study in which OBSY is tested, one group will use OBSY to conduct the science experiments through tablet computers whilst another group will work/study without OBSY. We expect OBSY will provide positive effects on students’ learning outcome, learning engagement, attitudes and perception.

 

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