Share Paper: Science Teachers Familiarity of and Interest in Computer Simulations, Animations, Visualization, Modeling and Virtual reality

  1. Vivien Mweene Chabalengula, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  2. Frackson Mumba, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  3. Mengxia Zhu, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  4. Asiana Banda, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  5. Simeon Mbewe, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
  6. Erin Miles, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, United States
Friday, March 11 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Bellmeade

Abstract: This study explored in-service science teachers’ familiarity of and interest in computer simulations, animations, visualization, modeling and virtual reality. A sample comprised twenty two teachers in the Midwest of the USA. All the teachers participated in a summer workshop on how to integrate computer simulations, animations, and visualizations in middle and high school science teaching and learning. During the workshop teachers were introduced to existing computer simulations and animations on free open sources. They learned how to adapt simulations and animations for their grade levels. They developed lessons to demonstrate their skills for integrating animations and simulations. Data was collected ...