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Bald Eagle Adventure: A Game-Based Approach to Promoting Learning through Science Inquiry
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, , University of South Florida, United States ; , Louisiana State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Savannah, GA, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-13-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

The Bald Eagle Adventure is a scenario-based science inquiry game developed based on a 5E instructional model (Bybee, R. W. (2014). The game actively engages students to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate the content that they are learning. Through this constructivist model, students can draw upon existing knowledge and beliefs, while creating new understanding as they observe and interact with the characters on screen. The use of conversational speech and a friendly on-screen guide, Ranger Steve, helps create a personal approach to this game-based instructional simulation. The Bald Eagle Adventure is divided into three unique parts, allowing students to participate in pre-learning activities, bald eagle observations, data gathering, graphing, and drawing conclusions. Evaluation and pilot study results show that both teachers and students found the interactive game fun to play and learn about both the dietary habits of the bald eagle and the scientific inquiry practices.

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Lou, Y., Hooper, J. & Blanchard, P. (2016). Bald Eagle Adventure: A Game-Based Approach to Promoting Learning through Science Inquiry. In G. Chamblee & L. Langub (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 588-593). Savannah, GA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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