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Kristy (not verified)

simulations for upper elementary

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I use the ole oregon trail software (v.3) to have students work in groups of 3 to travel across the midwest/west. Using 3 computers side-by-side, one student journals in Word the journey, the middle player is the "wagon boss" - making the daily decsions and "controlling" the game and pace and the 3rd student uses kidpix to be the cartologist to document the route of the group and turn each state map into a collection (like powerpoint) of slides (mini-book). They play for 30 Minutes...then the next time they play, students rotate chairs so they ALL get a turn at each job. Survey of the students and a short self evaluation is the tool I use to assess each student...plus the final product: the journal - printed and the "map book" from kid pix.

Have done this 3 years now...always enjoyed and classroom teacher says it really enhances the learning and enthusiasm of learners toward learning about the western expansion.

John Campbell (not verified)

Great collection of simulations for inquiry

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If interested in computer simulations for math and science education, you should look at the best collection for grades 3-12 that I have found:

www.explorelearning.com

Danys Betts (not verified)

Students today are becoming

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Students today are becoming more and more computer savvy. Teachers today need to come up with more ways to keep students interest in order to keep students focused on learning. I hope to use simulations when I become a teacher.

Susanne Commisso (not verified)

Simulations

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Simulations can also be used to help explain concepts that are too difficult or impossible to explain via experimentation. They give students a way to visualize something that they can not normally see. Taking the abstract and making it real.

Susanne Commisso (not verified)

Upper Elementary Simulations

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Hi,

I finished up my thesis research on science simulation software in the upper elementary classroom - Dec 2007. We used software that we bought but I also found software online that was useful. England provides resources online for all their schools. I ran across a website for elementary level education that had simulations. You can find it at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/

Please feel free to email me if you need more information...
Susanne Commisso
susanne@commisso.net

Anonymous (not verified)

Simulations for upper elementary

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I would love to use simulations in the classroom. However, the time it takes to research and create one seems mind boggling. Are there simulations to borrow out there somewhere? I am in a traditional school setting and would love to stretch out to allow my students the opportunity to explore in a simulation setting. G. Ladd

Marie Sontag (not verified)

I teach at a public middle

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I teach at a public middle school, and am in the final stages of completing my doctorate in Instructional Design for Online Learning. I have created several online virtual world that teachers can use for free. These worlds use enCore Xpress 3.2, and students ineract using a "moo" environment. I will be using the Poetry moo next week with my students after we finish reading 24 poems by various poets such as Frost, Longfellow, Whtiman, etc. The site at http://kmoo.dragonangel.net/~marie/poetrykmoo/directions.html provides directions. To view the online world, go to http://kamoo.dragonangel.net and log on as a guest. Then go to the Time Machine, then to the World of Words, and finally, to Poets Corner to get into the virtual world. Students roleplay either one of the poets we have studied, or take on the role of a publisher. If you would like to use one of the virtual worlds, email me for directions at mesontag@hotmail.com.
Chris O'Neal (not verified)

Wow, thanks for sharing

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Wow, thanks for sharing these resources.
Dr. Ric Jones (not verified)

I remember my days as a

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I remember my days as a doctoral student in instructional technology. We used Macs and video software to make CASE based simulations for museums and schools. Many of my students are highly motivated to play simmulation games, such as Empires, even on their own time at home. I agree that they can offer some real insight into different situations in which students might have to problem solve. I just don't see nearly enough of this type of application out there in the academic world. My guess is that simmulations are pretty time and labor intensive to create, and thus funding is a major problem.
Sandra Stargell (not verified)

I thought the article had

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I thought the article had some importants points. If more opportunities were given to promote advance technology software it would allow more opportunities for success in our classrooms. Then we would be more likely to embrace No Child Left Behind.Act.
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