Bridging the gap: Using dynamic models in the curriclum
Terence Ahern, West Virginia University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Serendipity is a program targeted at middle school teachers with the goal of implementing dynamic system modeling across disciplines. The project targeted 3 teachers: science, math and social studies. Serendipity began during the summer where they were introduced to StarLogo, simulation software built on Logo. The goal was for each teacher to develop and to integrate a model into their core discipline. At the end of the summer the teachers had developed targeted models: FoodWeb, BandWagon and Debit or Credit. The key to creating these models was the importance of cognitive scaffolding. For the teachers to be able to really use StarLogo they had to get a feel for how they could use the software to teach important concepts in the core discipline.
Ahern, T. (2009). Bridging the gap: Using dynamic models in the curriclum. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1344-1349). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).