Appendices Appendix B Application of ICT in Subject Areas B1 Measurement
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UNIT B1 – MEASUREMENT

Objective

Students should be able perform experiments where the measurement is done by the computer and where the data can be processed and modified with ICT.

Sub-objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. know the system elements of an ICT measurement system: input (sensors), processor (computer), output (graphs, tables);
  2. perform simple computerised measurements on a practical experiment;
  3. process experimental data and draw conclusions from those data.

Context

Experimenting is one of the main didactical means to perform exploratory learning and to construct knowledge based on experience. Some phenomena however cannot be experienced by normal «human» measurement, but need a computerised approach. For example, movement can be measured via a computer and from the series of measurements conclusions can be drawn.

Content

A good introduction would be to demonstrate measurement in a laboratory experiment. The different parts of the measurement system can be introduced: input, processing, output. The students can work with the collected data using measurement software to create diagrams, perform calculations and draw conclusions. In a later stage they can perform the computerized measurement themselves.

Resources

Minimum necessary resources:
One computer per group of students;
Measurement interface, and sensors;
Specific software for measuring.

Optional extra resources:
Software for analysing video fragments.

Links

Unit A4 Working with a Spreadsheet

Methodology

Demonstration and later on practical work by the students; the data processing can be done by student(group)s in both cases.