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Digital tote resources
Purpose & objective
Participants will learn research-based instructional strategies for using interactive computer simulations in the classroom.
Participants will learn how to design and facilitate effective sim-based lessons that engage students in math content as well as the mathematical practices of problem-solving, reasoning, and authentic modeling.
Participants will reflect upon sample simulations, lessons, and videos of teacher practice, and discuss how these strategies can be applied in their own classrooms.
1. Introduction to Interactive Simulations for teaching and learning mathematics (10 minutes)
2. How do simulations help students learn mathematics and engage in mathematical practices? (10 minutes)
3. What does a sim-based lesson look like? (30 minutes)
4. Where can I find simulations, lessons, and teacher resources? (10 minutes)
A meta-analysis of research on simulations in STEM education provides evidence for the benefits of simulations in STEM learning:
Simulations and activity design presented here are aligned with the research base provided by these National Research Council documents:
These articles discuss the use of simulations to address the CCSS in Mathematics, and the second includes research results of improved student learning.
Hensberry, K., Moore, E. & Perkins, K. (2015). Effective Student Learning of Fractions with an Interactive Simulation. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 34(3), 273-298. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).