Friday, October 31, 2008
Technology and Science Achievement
I have been lamenting the use of technology for a while now...are we using it enough? Are we using too much? Are we allowing technology to replace skill development? Are we using technology just to use it?
Recently in my science classroom, I have begun using several on-line simulations from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I wrote activities to go along with these simulations that directed kids how to manipulate the action. Whether coincidence or not, the grades on these assignment have skyrocketed! Now as a science person, I understand validity and reliability. However, I still find these results rather intriguing.
What are your experiences with on line simulations? Are they similar to mine?