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ERIC Number: EJ1044088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Vernier Caliper and Micrometer Computer Models Using Easy Java Simulation and Its Pedagogical Design Features--Ideas for Augmenting Learning with Real Instruments
Wee, Loo Kang; Ning, Hwee Tiang
Physics Education, v49 n5 p493-499 Sep 2014
This paper presents the customization of Easy Java Simulation models, used with actual laboratory instruments, to create active experiential learning for measurements. The laboratory instruments are the vernier caliper and the micrometer. Three computer model design ideas that complement real equipment are discussed. These ideas involve (1) a simple two-dimensional view for learning from pen and paper questions and the real world; (2) hints, answers, different scale options and the inclusion of zero error; (3) assessment for learning feedback. The initial positive feedback from Singaporean students and educators indicates that these tools could be successfully shared and implemented in learning communities. Educators are encouraged to change the source code for these computer models to suit their own purposes; they have creative commons attribution licenses for the benefit of all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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