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Unformatted text preview: stem. I use a computer simulation that keeps track of how changes in the four variables affect different species. My students can concentrate on interpreting what is happening rather than focusing on record keeping and graphing. John Saraguso’s application of technology is similar to allowing math students to use calculators during complicated problem solving activities. In both cases, students can concentrate on the mental processes involved in problem solving rather than on calculations or record-keeping. These types of applications can improve students’ performance by offloading some task requirements to the technology, and by supplementing the capabilities of working memory (Baylor, 2000; Kumar & Wilson, 1997; Lembrecht, 1993). Working memory load can also be managed by helping students develop behavioral fluency for certain simple skills like math calculations. Students have achieved behavioral fluency when they can perform a skill quickly and with minimal or no errors (Spence & Hively, 1993). As you may remember from 41 Chapter 3, informati...
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