The Use of Simulations in the Middle School Science Classroom
Gail Ring, Ball State University, United States ; Sebastian Foti, University of Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper is a report on the findings of the first phase of the implementation of science simulations in a middle school classroom in East Central Indiana. Participants were two middle school science teachers and two-hundred and fifty 7th and 8th grade students. The goals of this project were to: 1. Implement the PSI Sim Learning Environment, which include interactive science simulations and animations, into a middle school science classroom. This learning environment includes materials closely related to classroom texts, national science standards, and Indiana state standards; 2. Gauge the effect that using PSI Sims had on learning science concepts, and 3. Investigate the knowledge, understanding, and capabilities of middle school science teachers to employ more learner-centered activities. The overarching goal of this project was to help science teachers shift to a more inquiry-based teaching style by supplying learning tools for their students that support a more student-centered approach.
Ring, G. & Foti, S. (2006). The Use of Simulations in the Middle School Science Classroom. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1395-1401). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).