ERIC Number: ED371538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Computer Simulations: An Integrating Tool.
Bilan, Bohdan J.
This introduction to computer simulations as an integrated learning experience reports on their use with students in grades 5 through 10 using commercial software packages such as SimCity, SimAnt, SimEarth, and Civilization. Students spent an average of 60 hours with the simulation games and reported their experiences each week in a personal log. Students became actively involved in problem solution through accessing online helps, reading manuals, doing independent research, and discussing innovative techniques with each other. Simulation games were able to keep students of various abilities challenged and interested and also changed passive learners into active learners. Principles of these rule-based simulations are briefly explained as are learning strategies fostered by these games. Five simulation packages are briefly described. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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