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Creating Digital Learning Objects to Introduce Grade 5 Students to the Nature of Models and the Particle Nature of Matter
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, The University of Alberta, Canada ; , , The King's University College, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This session reports on a series of five digital learning objects (DLOs) created by the presenters to introduce Grade 5 (ages 10-12) students to the nature of models, the particle nature of matter, and particle explanations for physical change. Digital learning object design was informed by research drawn from constructivist theories of learning, model-based learning, and multimedia learning theory. Digital learning objects were created in Adobe Flash with each DLO containing a variety of images, sound files, and animations. Students responses to questions embedded in each DLO as well as time on task for each response item were collected on a MySQL database housed on a remote site. Data analysis showed the majority of students were able to understand ideas about the nature of models, particle behaviour variations among solids, liquids, and gases, and how changes to movement, holding, and spacing helped explain transitions seen during physical change.

Citation

Gustafson, B., Martin, B. & Mahaffy, P. (2013). Creating Digital Learning Objects to Introduce Grade 5 Students to the Nature of Models and the Particle Nature of Matter. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (p. 2034). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .