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ERIC Number: EJ1020453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Supercharging Lessons with a Virtual Lab
Stewart, Jefferson; Vincent, Daniel
Science and Children, v50 n7 p40-43 Mar 2013
The authors describes their experiences incorporating the virtual lab into a simple circuit lesson during an energy unit in a sixth-grade class. The lesson included a hands-on group experiment using wire, batteries, and light bulbs to make a circuit and an online simulation, using a virtual lab. Class discussions, student inquiries, and the study of scientific terminology are also discussed. The authors caution that, although the use of virtual tools does have a place in exploration and concept development, these simulation tools may not be as useful as a first-hand, multisensory experience. Instead, the virtual tool could be used to augment and reinforce student ideas after they have been authentically developed by the students through use of real materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
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Language: English
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