The missing link: A case study of sensing-and-modeling toolkits for constructionist scientific investigation

Paulo Blikstein*, Uri Wilensky

*Corresponding author for this work

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14 Scopus citations

Abstract

Multi-agent modeling has been successfully used in several scientific fields, oftentimes transforming scientists' practice and mindsets. Educational researchers have also realized the potential of this modeling approach for learning. Studies have suggested that students are able to understand concepts above their expected grade level after interacting with curricula developed using multi-agent simulation. However, most multi-agent models are exclusively 'on-screen', without connection to the physical world. Real-time model validation and real-world sensing are very challenging to accomplish with extant modeling platforms. As an attempt to address this issue, we designed a technological platform to enable students to seamlessly connect multi-agent models and electronic sensors, in real time. The platform is designed for learners to validate, refine, and debug their computer models using real-world data. This paper focuses on the technical and pedagogical aspects of this project, describing pilot studies which suggest a real-to-virtual reciprocity that catalyzes further inquiry toward deeper understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Sixth International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2006
Pages980-982
Number of pages3
Volume2006
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event6th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2006 - Kerkrade, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 5 2006Jul 7 2006

Other

Other6th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2006
CountryNetherlands
CityKerkrade
Period7/5/067/7/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education

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