ERIC Number: EJ1026206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Immersive Simulations for Smart Classrooms: Exploring Evolutionary Concepts in Secondary Science
Lui, Michelle; Slotta, James D.
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v23 n1 p57-80 2014
This article presents the design of an immersive simulation and inquiry activity for technology-enhanced classrooms. Using a co-design method, researchers worked with a high school biology teacher to create a rainforest simulation, distributed across several large displays in the room to immerse students in the environment. The authors created and evaluated two iterations of a design where students gathered evidence of evolution using networked tablet computers that scaffolded their interactions with peers and with the room itself. Outcomes suggest that the immersive simulation engaged students, helped them to establish and build upon ideas about evolution and promoted learning of challenging biological concepts. Student explanations from the second implementation demonstrated increased variation in ideas about evolutionary topics compared to those in the first iteration. Relevant design features from the two iterations are discussed.
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Uses in Education, Biology, High Schools, Simulated Environment, Evolution, Learner Engagement, Scientific Concepts, Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Communities of Practice, Observation, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Grade 11
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