VECTOR MICROWORLDS


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VECTOR MICROWORLDS

 

DESCRIPTION

Vector Microworlds is an educational software which aims to overcome the difficulties arising during the introduction of a new concept in physics or mathematics. The analysis focuses on concepts of the vector in mathematics and physics and, in particular, displacement and velocity vectors. "Vector Microworlds" is carried out by our research team in the framework of the programme "SEIRINES" supported by the Greek Ministry of Education. The methodology is based on the instructional goals of the knowledge domain, the latest implications and methods of the cognitive science and the use of the new technologies of the science of informatics, aiming at an efficient and attractive use of educational software. The methodology includes activities - scenarios that simulate authentic activities of the real world, within a computer supported learning environment (situated learning). The learner can explore and test his/her ideas through these activities, compare the observations to his/her own experience and to the real world situation and become an active constructor of his/her own knowledge.
It was very important for both teachers and learners to evaluate the software in real classroom situations prior to implementation. This evaluation was used to confirm that the educational goals were being achieved and to modify the software design.

References

M.GRIGORIADOU, M.SAMARAKOU, D.MITROPOULOS, A.RIGOUTSOS, E.STAVRIDOU, C.SOLOMONIDOU,"Vectors in Physics and Mathematics", Conference on Technology and Education, International Conference on Technology and Education, ICTE 99, March 1999, Edinburgh, p.71-73

 

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UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATICS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS - COMPUTER SYSTEMS & APPLICATIONS