CHAPPLE, M. and SIMPSON, G., 2005. Using ICT to enhance student understanding of classification. IDATER on-line conference. Loughborough : Loughborough University
It is common for 13-year-old students in Victoria, Australia to learn how to
classify animals and plants using the Linnaean system and dichotomous keys.
This is usually done with text based research on the major groups of animals and
plants and a few simple exercises with various objects to explain the underlying
concept of classification. In this paper we describe our attempt to achieve similar
goals using three computer software programs to build dichotomous keys and
represent the data: Inspiration, MS PowerPoint, and MicroWorlds. Student work
is included to illustrate what can be achieved by students of various abilities with
these information and communication technologies.