Inside SimSchool – A simulated environment to understand how students learn
Melanie Zibit, SimSchool PT3 Project - Boston College, United States ; David Gibson, SimSchool PT3 Project - Vermont Institutes, 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
When you watch a chef cook, you can see the process, but when you watch a teacher, the decision making process is internal, making it difficult for an aspiring or novice teacher to connect what the expert teacher does and how students respond. SimSchool, a Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) project, is developing a simulated environment where users are immersed in the culture of the classroom, assuming the role of teacher, instructing students with diverse personalities, behavioral characteristics, and learning styles. In this interactive session, the audience and presenters will collaboratively review and refine the characteristics of a SimSchool student, furthering the audience's and the project's understanding of the dimensions of student behavior and learning. Together we will discuss concepts of how students learn, characteristics of a student's personality, and the range of student behavior in the classroom and go inside Simschool to review the theories, variables, settings and rules that are the basis for SimStudent reactions to "teacher moves."
Zibit, M. & Gibson, D. (2005). Inside SimSchool – A simulated environment to understand how students learn. 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. 2897-2901). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).