Share Paper: Games, models and simulations: A case study in design and delivery

  1. Terence Ahern, College of Human Resources and Education, United States
  2. Angela Dowling, Suncrest Middle School, United States
Wednesday, March 9 3:05-3:25 PM McGavock's A

Abstract: This paper reports on the findings of a study conducted in an 8th middle school class using a teacher-developed eco-simulation modeling a food web. Findings indicate that whole class instruction coupled with the use of a white-board resulted in a highly successful unit. The results show that the delivery of the agent-based model to the whole class focused the students not on the use of the technology but on the overarching problem - “How to create a sustained eco- system”. The key was the ability of the teacher not only to engage but also manage the students by using the ...