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Unformatted text preview: mple, Smithtown, a computer simulation to teach microeconomics
to students, provides a hypothesis menu that helps students learn to write more
effective hypotheses. This menu prompts students to write their hypotheses in
terms of the relationships among variables, and even suggests appropriate
language for hypotheses (Shute & Glaser, 1990).
Technology to Enhance Problem-Solving Capabilities
Technology can be designed to enhance your students’ capabilities as
researchers, and to support their cognitive and metacognitive processes. For
example, a number of general-purpose technologies can be used to help students
with some of the more labor intensive and repetitive aspects of inquiry. Computer
programs can be used in data collection, data entry, and data analysis. Students
can also use graphing programs or spreadsheets to enter data and to observe
trends in their data as they are experimenting. This is how Robin Osprey does this
in her middle school science class.
• “I have my students use a graphing tool as they are collecting data.
Occasionally, I have them look at trends in their g...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08