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Integrating virtual and true laboratory in science and technology education

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2 Author(s)
S. Kocijancic ; Fac. of Educ., Ljubljana Univ., Slovenia ; C. O'Sullivan

Considerable pedagogical advantage may be gained by the integration of the different ICT tools commonly used in teaching science and technology, particularly by integrating 'true' and 'virtual' laboratory activities. In the context of this paper, 'true' laboratories involve benchtop experiments utilizing data acquisition systems while 'virtual' laboratories entail interactive simulations based on Java applets. Examples of two such integrated activities are described; namely, (i) the study of wave phenomena using sound, and (ii) a study of biomass growth. Such integrated computerized teaching tools also provide an opportunity for a greater level of integration of different science and technology disciplines.

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Frontiers in Education, 2002. FIE 2002. 32nd Annual  (Volume:1 )

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2002