Use of Digital Manipulatives for
Experimental Design
Joselyn J. Todd
Director of Instructional Technology
Cary Academy, Ca...
Welcome
• Who am I?
• **Who are you?** (Where are you from?
Primary Discipline ?)
• What are we going to do over
the next ...
Participant Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
• Collaboratively explore how
a DM can be used with
students...
Why use DMs?
“Can students do this
experiment in a
classroom setting and
get reasonably
accurate data such
that the “scien...
Digital Manipulatives
• Recommendations: Update
your Java and Shockwave;
Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Op
era, etc. Have multip...
Let’s Collaborate
**Determine whether the following are useful for students to study
experimental design.** Explore for 5 ...
Exploring An Example
**Go to: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/projectile-
motion/projectile-motion_en.html and “play” for 3-...
Let’s Collaborate Further
**Having explored the tool now we will divide into
teams and develop short materials and methods...
Resources
Tools for Math and Science:
http://nlvm.usu.edu/
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/
http://phet.colorado.edu/
...
Joselyn’s Information
Joselyn J. Todd, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Technology
Cary Academy, Cary, NC
joselyn_todd@cary...
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  • 1:1 Classroom, 15 year, Ph.D. Molecular Geneticists turned middle school/high school educator, 70 years in educationWho are you, Where are you from, Primary discipline?
  • Do you use DMs in your classroom – raise your hand)How- Chat
  • Litmus Test
  • Analyzing for accuracy- whole nothing ballgame.
  • T1- https://www.piratepad.ca/p/Simulation
  • Share your own!
  • Digital manipulatives todd_final

    1. 1. Use of Digital Manipulatives for Experimental Design Joselyn J. Todd Director of Instructional Technology Cary Academy, Cary, NC http://caryacademy.org Lausanne Learning Institute
    2. 2. Welcome • Who am I? • **Who are you?** (Where are you from? Primary Discipline ?) • What are we going to do over the next 50 minutes or so? • (Browsers)
    3. 3. Participant Learning Objectives Participants will be able to: • Collaboratively explore how a DM can be used with students to study experimental design • Help students analyze the affordances and limitations of a DM • Share digital manipulatives- applets, simulations, and software that can be used to create such things ** Do you use DMs in your classroom? How?**
    4. 4. Why use DMs? “Can students do this experiment in a classroom setting and get reasonably accurate data such that the “science” or “math” may be discovered?” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Balance_%C3%A0_tabac_1850.JPG Creative Commons
    5. 5. Digital Manipulatives • Recommendations: Update your Java and Shockwave; Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Op era, etc. Have multiple browsers on your machine. • Look for DMs that allow manipulation of variables for experimental design. • Avoid “simulations” - unless you want to have your students analyze them for accuracy.
    6. 6. Let’s Collaborate **Determine whether the following are useful for students to study experimental design.** Explore for 5 minutes to determine if this is a good DM for ED. What are the affordances and limitations of these tools? • DM 1 - http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsc/activities/simulations/gr5/unitb.ht ml • DM 2 - http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/olc/dl/120074/bio18.swf • DM 3 - http://www.learner.org/courses/envsci/interactives/ecology/
    7. 7. Exploring An Example **Go to: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/projectile- motion/projectile-motion_en.html and “play” for 3-4 minutes. Use FireFox if you have it.**
    8. 8. Let’s Collaborate Further **Having explored the tool now we will divide into teams and develop short materials and methods in order to design an experiment. Google Docs? Board? Pirate Pad? Cacoo? We’ll use Pirate Pad.** • T1- https://www.piratepad.ca/p/Simulation • T2 - https://www.piratepad.ca/p/Simulation • T3 - https://www.piratepad.ca/p/Simulation Share Screen. Taking it Further!
    9. 9. Resources Tools for Math and Science: http://nlvm.usu.edu/ http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/ http://phet.colorado.edu/ http://www.explorelearning.com/ http://concord.org/activities ( Create your own: http://mw.concord.org/modeler/ ) **Share your own resources in the Chat**
    10. 10. Joselyn’s Information Joselyn J. Todd, Ph.D. Director of Instructional Technology Cary Academy, Cary, NC joselyn_todd@caryacademy.org 919-228-4541 Twitter: @joselyntodd

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