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The Applications of Animations and Simulations in the Classroom Present by: Shannon Shen SFU Educ 482 tech-lesson. Problems in Science Teaching and Learning. Misconceptions http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/miscon/opphys.html. “Diagnosis” “Odd” scientific language “Boring” and “dry” concepts

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The Applications of Animations and Simulations in the Classroom

Present by: Shannon Shen

SFU Educ 482 tech-lesson


Problems in Science Teaching and Learning Classroom

Misconceptions

http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/miscon/opphys.html

“Diagnosis”

  • “Odd” scientific language

  • “Boring” and “dry” concepts

  • Less evidences to observe

  • Less hand-on experiences

“Prescriptions”

  • Visualize the conceptions – animations / simulations

  • Animate the lessons - animations

  • Enrich hand on experiences –simulated experiments


Animations and Simulations Classroom

What is the animation? What is the simulation?

“Designed scientifically/professionally” – It’s mandatory

  • Accurately /vividly explain science conceptions

  • Simulate real experiments using software

Why are the animations and simulations necessary?

  • Training students on scientific observation

  • Training students on thinking / analyzing

  • Let students get more hands-on experience


Availability in the Classroom Classroom

  • Free online animations:

    www.physicsclassroom.com

    http://www.learnerstv.com/

  • Free online simulations:

    http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/index.php

It's Online and Free

It's excelent !!!

Only need basic facilities for teaching in the classroom:

Internet / Computer / Projector / Java software should be installed


Visualize the conceptions Classroom

Einstein's special relativity- length contraction

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/specrel/lc.cfm

Charging a metallic sphere by induction

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/estatics/isop.cfm

Non-horizontally launched projectiles

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/vectors/nhlp.cfm


Correct the misconceptions Classroom

Displacement and distance

http://www.learnerstv.com/animation/animation.php?ani=26&cat=physics

Comparison the current in DC circuit with the flow of water

http://faraday.physics.utoronto.ca/IYearLab/Intros/DCI/Flash/WaterAnalogy.html

The properties of gases

http://www.learnerstv.com/animation/animation.php?ani=123&cat=chemistry


Stimulate the class atmosphere Classroom

Problem solving by a story: The monkey and the zookeeper

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/vectors/mzng.cfm

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/vectors/mzg.cfm

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/vectors/mzf.cfm

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/mmedia/vectors/mzs.cfm

Questioning

  • What if the zookeeper shoots below the monkey?

  • What if considering the air resistance?


Experiment by online simulation Classroom

http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=The_Moving_Man

  • 1D motion with the concepts of displacement, velocity and acceleration;

  • Deep understanding of the relations among d~t, v~t and a~t graphs;

  • Verify the data with the results shown on the graphs;

  • Understand the difference between v and a as vectors;


Benefits to teachers by using animations and online simulations in the classroom

  • Engaging students in active learning if it’s used properly;

  • Less classroom management if students are focused on learning;

  • Sharing a variety of intelligent resources over the world.


Criticisms for using animations and online simulations in the classroom

  • Challenging to use both tools properly in the classroom;

  • Hard to find a good simulation tools;

  • Hard to find good simulation tools for free;

  • Bad tools causing more flaws;

  • Risk to computer system for downloading free software.


Interesting topic the classroom

Type

What is useful?

Comment /rating

Misconception

Activities and Discussions

Exploration on ________________ Name _______________

In your content/rating part, please write down your opinion about using animations and simulations in pro and con. What do those really mean to us educators?


Additional Resources the classroom

  • General animations

  • http://www.nclark.net/:

  • http://nhscience.lonestar.edu/biol/animatio.htm

  • http://physics-animations.com/

  • http://www.upscale.utoronto.ca/GeneralInterest/Harrison/Flash/#em

  • Simulations

  • http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/physites.html

  • http://www.colba.net/~htran/physics/

  • http://cse.edc.org/products/simulations/catalog.asp

  • http://www.chem.iastate.edu/group/Greenbowe/sections/projectfolder/animationsindex.htm


Websites where you can buy simulation software the classroom

http://www.physicscurriculum.com/exploration_of_physics.htmhttp://www.physicscurriculum.com/software.htm?gclid=CKyBn8LRopsCFRpN5Qodk1JwCQ


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