Embedded Phenomena: Supporting Science Learning with Classroom-sized Distributed Simulations
Authors: Moher, T.
Publication: Proceedings ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2006), Montreal, Canada
Embedded Phenomena is a learning technology framework in which simulated scientific phenomena are mapped onto the physical space of classrooms. Students monitor and control the local state of the simulation through distributed media positioned around the room, gathering and aggregating evidence to solve problems or answer questions related to those phenomena.
Embedded Phenomena are persistent, running continuously over weeks and months, creating information channels that are temporally and physically interleaved with, but asynchronous with respect to, the regular flow of instruction.
In this paper, we describe the motivations for the framework, describe classroom experiences with three embedded phenomena in the domains of seismology, insect ecology, and astronomy, and situate embedded phenomena within the context of human-computer interaction research in co-located group interfaces and learning technologies.
Author Keywords: Embedded phenomena, classroom learning, science inquiry
ACM Classification Keywords: H5 Information interfaces and presentation; K.3.1 Computer Uses in Education
Date: April 22, 2006 - April 27, 2006
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