Designing a web-based collaborative inquiry and modeling environment for science learning


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6 March 2010 (Saturday) | 10:30 - 10:50 | | ZHANG, Baohui; WU, Longkai; LOW, Poh Lian
Learning Sciences Lab, Nanyang Technological University

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Designing a web-based collaborative inquiry and modeling environment for science learning

  1. 1. 3/6/2010 DESIGNING A WEB­BASED COLLABORATIVE OVERVIEW MODELING, AND VISUALIZATION TECHNOLOGY Acknowledgement INTEGRATED INQUIRY­BASED (WIMVT)  Project objectives SCIENCE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Theoretical underpinning Related work CITE Research Symposium Approach The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China LEAP: A Prototype Web-based Modeling System Mar. 6, 2010 Major Features of WiMVT Under Development Expected Learning Outcomes of WiMVT Baohui Zhang, Longkai Wu, Poh Lian Low Q&A Learning Sciences Lab, National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PROJECT OBJECTIVES Funding agency: National Research To develop and test a web‐based collaborative  Foundation, Singapore inquiry, modeling, and visualization Technology  (WiMVT) integrated science learning environment (Project #: NRF2009-IDM001-MOE-019, IDM SST Future School-Science project, S$750,000) The iMVT framework inquiry Collaborating school: Singapore School of Modeling Science and Technology Visualization Temasek Poly final year project students Technology RELATED WORK— IMVT CURRICULAR MATERIALS SOME OTHER RELATED WORK Model-It (Metcalf, Krajicik & Soloway, 2000) Co-Lab (Ton de Jong, 2004) A Java-based environment for collaborative, expressive, inquiry learning.. WISE ((Linn 1998) ((Linn, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment An integrated set of software resources designed to engage students in rich inquiry activities They do not seem to facilitate group collaborative inquiry and modeling activities 1
  2. 2. 3/6/2010 THEORETICAL UNDERPINNING APPROACH Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) as a new This project will use state-of-the-art web Paradigm for School Science Investigation (see technology in platform development and be Windschitl, Thompson, & Braaten, 2008) grounded on our previous research projects that Experimentation and the broader enterprise of used inquiry, Modeling and Visualization inquiry are becoming routinely situated in model q y g y Technologies (iMVT) for primary and g ( ) p y building, testing, and revising (Dardent, 1991;…; secondary science learning in Singapore schools. Nersessian, 2005) We summarize and make iMVT our pedagogical Goals of MBI: To help students develop defensible approach (framework) models of the way the natural world works Models are testable The proposed WiMVT is an effort to reflect the Models are revisable iMVT framework to sustain and scale up the Models are explanatory innovation. Models are conjectural Model are generative LEAP: A PROTOTYPE WEB-BASED MODELING SYSTEM INDIVIDUAL LOGIN Individual Login Create Project Modeling Process Design Link Li k Test Report Tool Print Tool Group Management Tool Share Tool Log Files MODELING PROCESS CREATE PROJECT Link Design Test 2
  3. 3. 3/6/2010 DESIGN – CREATE AN OBJECT LINK – DEFINE VARIABLES LINK – DEFINE RELATIONSHIPS TEST – RUN A MODEL REPORT TOOL PRINT TOOL The report function summarize the whole project and display the project name, unit name, object name, description, variable name and variable Print out the log file, relationship log file and the report unit. 3
  4. 4. 3/6/2010 GROUP MANAGEMENT SHARE TOOL Group tab Share tab Side tab The share tab brings us to the student This tool shows the groups available to join, clicking the management system on LEAP to provide side tabs allows user to create groups, join groups and communication and editing of user rights. change access level. LOG FILES – SHOW THE LOG FILES OF THE LOG FILES – SHOW THE RELATIONSHIP PROJECT FILES OF THE PROJECT FEATURES OF MODELING-CENTERED INQUIRY CYCLE WIMVT UNDER DEVELOPMENT (E.G. SCHWARZ, 2009) Modeling-centered Inquiry Cycle Authentic  Collaborative Modeling Process Problem Conclusion Hypothesis Inquiry  Cycle Modeling Investigation 4
  5. 5. 3/6/2010 EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF COLLABORATIVE MODELING PROCESS WIMVT UNDER DEVELOPMENT Peer reviewing of models Intend to address Learning Difficulties Argumentations and Critiques Difficulties in Investigative Skills (de Jong, 2005) Co-Construction of models E.g. How to state testable hypothesis? A group of students work on co-constructing a Difficulties in Science Learning consensus model E.g. Robust Misconception ( g p (Reiner, Slotta, Chi, and Resnick , , , , 2000 ) Difficulties in Modeling Difficulties in Collaboration Argumentation and critical thinking (e.g. Rodríguez, 2008) FUTURE WORK Q&A We intend to introduce the WiMVT We sincerely welcome your questions, system into real classrooms practices in comments, and suggestions secondary schools in Singapore. We will do both the curriculum design for students and profession development for teachers where inquiry learning works within several subjects in science (physics, chemistry and biology). (hopefully, the system can also be appropriate for primary science learning) 5