Serendipity: Data modeling for middle school teachers
Terence Ahern, Toni Hando, Noriza Abu Hassan Shaari, Arifa Rahman, West Virginia University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Serendipity is a program targeted at middle school teachers. The project started with a summer program that used StarLogo as the application. Even though StarLogo used a visual programming metaphor it was still difficult. Nonetheless we were able to model, program, refine and adapt a model of an epidemic. What we discovered however was that it was far more important to discuss the notion of model building in general and dynamic models in particular. The teachers did not have enough background in systems design to actually know were to begin. A major outcome for this project was a simplified teacher's training manual that reduces the time necessary to get the teachers comfortable with StarLogo. Secondly, it was determined that simple baseline models tied to the current middle school curriculum be available.
Ahern, T., Hando, T., Abu Hassan Shaari, N. & Rahman, A. (2008). Serendipity: Data modeling for middle school teachers. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1600-1605). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).