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Experimenting With Technology Final 1

  1. 1. Chapter 3: Experimenting with Technologies
  2. 2. SPORE <ul><li>A quick introduction: </li></ul><ul><li>Spore: an overview </li></ul>
  3. 3. What do you think? <ul><li>What is your first impression of Spore? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this meaningful learning? </li></ul>
  4. 4. SPORE <ul><li>The possibilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A little more information </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. After Spore <ul><li>Did your impression change of how Spore could promote meaningful learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What could you learn from this game? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you use this in the classroom? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reasoning Causally <ul><li>When you are experimenting with technologies you should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypothesizing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conjecturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experimenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speculating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Open PowerPoint on class website.
  8. 8. What we are going to look at: <ul><li>Microworlds </li></ul><ul><li>Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul>
  9. 9. Microworlds <ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simulation program that uses Logo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows students to study real world phenomena and manipulate them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This program is very powerful and allows for teachers and students to create and manipulate simulations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The programming language is difficult to learn. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Simulations <ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Imitations of some real thing, state of affairs, or process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be able to manipulate the system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Difference between Simulations and Microworlds? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microworlds are just highly specific simulations that sometimes can be manipulated.  Simulations can apply to just a broader set of systems. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sunny Meadows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Thanks Jamie!) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>highly interactive 3-D environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>users create an avatar to interact with other users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A combination of simulations and games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simulation world appears and functions similar to a normal world </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quest Atlantis example </li></ul><ul><li>Short Comings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to find a variety of quality virtual worlds that fit your students needs </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Games <ul><li>Characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to be fun. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach or reinforce a previously learned skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a goal or a prize that you are aiming for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PLEASE MUTE COMPUTERS!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fruit Shoot Addition </li></ul><ul><li>Magic Pen </li></ul>
  13. 13. Group Activities: choose one <ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Table 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renaissance Florence: Time Machine Adventure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viking Quest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Table 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Food Chain click on the icon for “Food Chain” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Plural Girls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simulations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Table 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore Mars: How Big? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earth Biomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Table 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tortoise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixtures </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Questions to think about <ul><li>What is good about this game/simulation? </li></ul><ul><li>What is bad about this game/simulation? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you adapt this to your classroom? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3D Learn ; 3D Learn Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quest Atlantis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><ul><li>GRE verbal practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funbrain main page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animal Games - look around this website for more games in different subject areas, especially math. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Simulations </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary Science Gizmo </li></ul><ul><li>Diffusion Simulation </li></ul>

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