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Investigating the use of ThinkerTools to promote learning of Newton's laws of motion among middle school students
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, Iowa State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Computer simulations are found useful in helping students learn principles of Newtonian motion. The research investigates how middle school students react to a computer program called "ThinkerTools", and how their use of ThinkerTools package influenced their learning. In general this program is found promote conceptual change by allowing students to design their own experiments and to observe the results from the computer outcome. However, more guidance would be necessary if the activities require more advanced knowledge to understand the concepts behind the simulations. Otherwise, the simulations would possibly lead students to develop alternative conceptions. Overall, students were interested in using the ThinkerTools package and were willing to use it to learn physics concepts in further units.

Citation

Liu, H.C. (2003). Investigating the use of ThinkerTools to promote learning of Newton's laws of motion among middle school students. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3028-3029). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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