Integrating Science Curriculum into a Computerized Classroom Simulation
Rhonda Christensen, Gerald Knezek, Rebekah McPherson, Tandra Tyler-Wood, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
SimMentoring is a three-year project supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). SimMentoring uses simSchool, a web-based program designed to provide preservice teachers with an opportunity improve their ability to manage learning environments. SimSchool is an online simulation that presents participants with a simulated classroom of students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of characteristics. The innovation of the simMentoring approach lies in the program’s capacity to allow teachers many learning trials with simulated students, thereby increasing teacher confidence, competence, and retention. The latest innovation developed by project personnel is a simModule in science used as a content-based tutorial. Examples of the tutorial in operation, and changes in the pre-post data gathered on science attitude and content instruments will be presented.
Christensen, R., Knezek, G., McPherson, R. & Tyler-Wood, T. (2010). Integrating Science Curriculum into a Computerized Classroom Simulation. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3550-3551). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).