Use of Inquiry with Computer Models and Visualization in an Urban 8th Grade Science Class
Katie Gibbs, Steve Watts, Gypsy Abbott, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States ; Lisa Bievenue, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
To engage urban middle school students in science is a challenging undertaking. Use of technology can be of utmost importance when helping middle school students investigate their world. According to the National Middle School Association, technology that assists them in this endeavor is a highly motivating and authentic use of instructional time. In this paper, the introduction of an inquiry approach using Excel spreadsheets and the use of existing computer models that address science standards are described as they were implemented by a Graduate Teaching Fellow in an urban middle school in an 8th grade science classroom.
Gibbs, K., Watts, S., Abbott, G. & Bievenue, L. (2005). Use of Inquiry with Computer Models and Visualization in an Urban 8th Grade Science Class. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3671-3676). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).