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  1. 1. Dynamic Modeling Tools<br />Spreadsheets<br />
  2. 2. In the classroom<br />Basic- calculate percentages<br />Data entry- numbers, words, equations<br />Charts- graphical representations<br />
  3. 3. In the classroom<br />Using Automatic features: auto fill, auto sum, merge and center<br />Advanced aspects: Using equations<br />Using formulas<br />
  4. 4. Practical Ideas for using Spreadsheets<br />Travel budgets- track personal budgets while on a trip using Google Docs<br />Journal issues-track a project’s timeline using color-coding so data may be easily interpreted<br />
  5. 5. Tips for best practices<br />Easy to use, so you can be more productive in using the model<br />Focused on the issues<br />Easy to understand, transparent design is key here<br />Reliable, so that your model becomes the authoritative tool for calculating results<br />
  6. 6. Expert Modeling Systems<br />
  7. 7. What is an expert system?<br />An expert system is a computer application that solves complicated problems that would otherwise require extensive human expertise.<br />Expert systems also use human knowledge to solve problems that normally would require human intelligence.<br />Expert systems use If- then statements to get results for the users. <br />
  8. 8. History of Expert Systems<br />Expert systems were introduced by researchers in the Stanford Heuristic Programming Project in 1980.<br />Feigenbaum is considered the "father of expert systems" <br />
  9. 9. Three Components of Expert Systems<br />Knowledge base <br />Inference engine<br />User interface<br />
  10. 10. Major areas that use Expert Systems<br />Agriculture<br />Education<br />Environment<br />Law manufacturing <br />Medicine power systems<br />
  11. 11. Expert Systems in Education<br />They are used to help students study and gain more knowledge in different subjects. <br />Most educational expert systems are internet based and can be a tutor for most students.<br />The expert system can adjust the training for each particular student on the bases of his/her own pace of learning.<br />
  12. 12. Examples of Expert Systems in Education<br />System to help students identify different species of plants and animals.<br />System to help quiz students for the SAT.<br />System to help elementary students learn their letters and sounds. <br />The help system on your computer to use different programs. <br />
  13. 13. Resources<br />http://www.generation5.org/content/2005/Expert_System.asp<br />http://web.missouri.edu/jonassend/courses/mindtool/ExpertExamples.html<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expert_system<br />
  15. 15. Software you can use for systems modeling• MODEL-IT- MAC USE ONLY• POWERSIM- PC USE ONLY• STELLA- MAC & PC USEBelow you'll find a listing of acceptable software you can use to create this type of Mindtool for this course. Please note that technical support is not available for these software packages. If you have questions or problems, you should consult resources such as the software's documentation and/or on-line tutorials and help sites.In addition, you may wish to utilize our course's Technical Issues forum for this Mindtool. There you can ask questions of the instructor and other class members...someone may be able to help you out!Copyright ©2001, University of Missouri-Columbia<br />
  16. 16. Model-It<br /><ul><li>Model-It is a learner-centered tool for building dynamic, qualitative based models. Model-It was designed to support students, even those with only very basic mathematical skills, building dynamic models of scientific phenomena, and running simulations with their models to verify and analyze the results. For instance, students can build models of water quality and then test how various pollutants would affect water quality. Model-It provides an easy-to-use visual structure with which students can plan, build and test their models. There are numerous scaffolds in Model-It that supports learning. For instance, we have structured the building of models into a sequence of plan, build and test. This guides students in the process of building their own models.
  17. 17. Type of resource: Web site
  18. 18. Source: http://www.cogitomedia.com/
  19. 19. Platform: Mac
  20. 20. Description: Model-It is systems modeling software available from Cognito Media.</li></li></ul><li>PowerSim<br /><ul><li>Business simulation software enables organizations to build interactive environments in which they can experiment with strategies, see what works best, and learn to improve their decision-making processes.</li></ul>Building a simulation allows users to see hidden assumptions, see the big picture and understand the consequences of decisions before committing resources.<br /><ul><li>Type of resource: Web site
  21. 21. Source: http://www.powersim.com/
  22. 22. Platform: PC
  23. 23. Description: This is the site for PowerSim systems modeling software. You can view demos and download a trial version of the software from the site.</li></li></ul><li>Stella: The Ultimate Simulation Software for Education<br /><ul><li>STELLA is a flexible computer modeling package with an easy, intuitive interface that allows users to construct dynamic models that realistically simulate biological systems (visit the High Performance System website for more information).  Given the combination of ease of use and modeling power, the STELLA system is ideal to interface with student investigative experiences.   In its most basic form, modeling in STELLA proceeds in three steps:   constructing a qualitative model, parameterizing it, and exploring the model's dynamics. 
  24. 24. Type of resource: Web site
  25. 25. Source: http://www.hps-inc.com/products/stella/stella.html
  26. 26. Platform: Both Mac and PC
  27. 27. Description: STELLA software allows a learner to map and model a system of interest. Then, once the model is constructed, simulations provide the opportunity to test the theories, observe results, and modify assumptions, thereby increasing the learner's understanding of how things really work and how to make them work better.</li></li></ul><li>Web 2.0 Tools<br />
  28. 28. Presentation Tools<br />Break out of the box, beyond basic slides and bullet points. Upload, create, edit and share creative presentations—anytime, anywhere.<br />SlideShare<br />http://www.slideshare.net/Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides (and Adobe PDF Portfolios and SMART Board presentations) and share them.<br />280 Slides<br />http://280slides.com/Don't have Power Point or Keynote? You can create stunning presentations from scratch (and for free) with 280 Slides. There's no software to download—and when you're done you can share it any way you like.<br />
  29. 29. Prezi<br />http://prezi.com/Break out of the box! Prezi.com throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.) <br />Picsviewr<br />http://www.picsviewr.comLooking to jazz up your presentation? Just export and upload it to Picsviewr and add some unexpected touches. <br />
  30. 30. Video Tools<br />Lights, camera, (inter)action! Web 2.0 makes it easier than ever to integrate video into shared projects and presentations.<br />Animoto.com<br />Turn your photos and videos into wow! Animoto quickly produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, videos clips and music. Fast, free and very easy. <br />Animoto.com/education<br />Bring lessons to life with Animoto—specially designed with students, teachers and classroom audiences in mind. <br />
  31. 31. Gizmoz.com<br />Animate yourself. It's fun and easy and all you need is one photo. <br />XtraNormal.com<br />This easy, fun and free site helps you to instantly create movies. Includes sets, actors and sounds. <br />
  32. 32. Mobile Tools<br />Perfect for podcasting, blogging, media sharing, quizzes and more, these clever apps turn cell phones into smart teaching tools.<br />PollEverywhere.com<br />Create real-time survey experiences at events using your mobile device. It's fun, fast and an easy way to get live responses in any venue.<br />Drop.io<br />Use Drop.io to share your files and collaborate in real-time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want. <br />
  33. 33. Phone.io<br />Free voicemail, conference calling, podcasting, and more. <br />Jott.com<br />Use your voice and Jott to get more done every day. Set reminders, read, share, organize, get voicemail as email and text--all via your voice. <br />
  34. 34. Community Tools<br />From wikis to social networks, this range of tools enables teachers and students to communicate, collaborate and share work.<br />Edmodo.com<br />http://www.edmodo.com/Social platform for students & teachers<br />Google Docs<br />http://docs.google.comReal-time online collaboration<br />Wikispaces.com<br />http://www.wikispaces.com/site/privatelabel/k-12Create our own private wiki<br />
  35. 35. PBworks.com<br />http://pbworks.com/academictourCollaborative learning for schools<br />Ning.com<br />http://www.ning.com/Create your own social network<br />Classroom 2.0<br />http://www.classroom20.comOnline community for teachers<br />
  36. 36. ThinkQuest<br />http://www.thinkquest.org/en/Global learning platform<br />Yugma.com<br />https://www.yugma.com/Desktop sharing & collaboration<br />SMART Board Revolution<br />http://smartboardrevolution.ning.com/Whiteboard file-sharing<br />CreativeCommons.com<br />http://creativecommons.org/Share & remix media—legally<br />
  37. 37. Even More!<br />New Web 2.0 tools are published every week and cover many of the categories above. <br />Wordle.net<br />http://www.wordle.net/Creative "word cloud" generator<br />Glogster.com<br />http://www.glogster.com/"Poster yourself" with multimedia<br />Glogster.com/edu<br />http://edu.glogster.com/Digital collage tools for schools<br />
  38. 38. Voicethread.com<br />http://voicethread.com/#homeShare images, docs & video<br />Smilebox<br />http://www.smilebox.com/Online scrapbooking & slideshows<br />MakeBeliefsComix<br />http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Make-your-own comics<br />
  39. 39. Class Blogmeister<br />http://www.classblogmeister.com/Blogging for classrooms<br />Dabbleboard<br />http://www.dabbleboard.com/Online whiteboards & organizers<br />WiZiQ<br />http://www.wiziq.com/Share slides, whiteboards & more<br />
  40. 40. Resources<br />http://web2010.discoveryeducation.com/web20tools.cfm<br />