Innovation Storyboard Sandra Dykes Week 4
What is the innovation? • Virtual Science Labs in the Classroom
What are virtual science labs? • Students learning science in the classroom can now give their textbooks a break, and learn basic science concepts online. The virtual lab, developed by engineers and students guides students through experiments, along with text and vivid animations that explain how things work -- like the metamorphous of the butterfly.
Need: • In today’s society it is essential that teachers expose students to live and work in a technological based community. Educators must use technological innovations in the classroom. Technological innovations such as virtual science labs and virtual field trips. These experiences can provide meaningful learning experiences. "The integration of data acquisition experiments with closely associated computer simu- lations has proved to be particularly effective in the learning process. It can be concluded that it is not a question whether it is better to use real experiments or virtual laboratory in science teaching as both approaches used in a complementary way can contribute to more effective active learning. " (Kocijanicic & O'Sullivan 2004)
Research: • This study was done with students at a secondary level school in Slovenia.The content being studied is the movement of sound waves in this particular article. This team of researchers set out to show that using "virtual" labs with "real" labs would improve students understanding of these abstract concepts. Kocijanicic & O'Sullivan (2004) stated in their paper that they "believe that there is considerable additional pedagogical advantage to be gained by the integration of the various ICT tools and concepts available, particularly by integrating "real" and "virtual" laboratory activities."The methods used were video conferences, teacher evaluations, students watching via the web and TV, virtual science labs, and email. As an elementary teacher, my students can connect to the real world through video conferences. For example, my students love the virtual science lab. • Kocijancic, S. ,O'Sullivan, C. (2004)"Real or Virtual Laboratories in Science Teaching - Is this Actually a Dilemma?" Informatics in Education An International Journal), issue: Vol 3 pages: 239 - 250, on www.ceeol.com.
Student interaction with the experts which is their main goal will take place, so they can balance the use of pre-produced packages with quality time for interactivity. Development:
Commercialization: • The production of online virtual science labs is continuously growing. There are always new online science experiments and software being developed daily. Therefore there are an endless number of websites available for teachers to take advantage of in the classroom. The innovations of online science labs vary from developer to developer. Some advertise on other websites.