Middle and high school science teachers sought for research project

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The College of Education is looking for middle and high school science teachers interested in utilizing computer-based simulations in the classroom.

The educational technology program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is looking for feedback on how the program can improve its understanding of technology integration, said Minchi Kim, assistant professor of Educational Technology.

Participating teachers will be asked to use online simulations prepared by the program for two or three class periods. The program will provide teaching materials, such as lesson plans, student activity guidelines and other necessary support from the Purdue Education Research in Scientific Inquiry and Technology research group, which is directed by Kim and Peg Ertmer, professor of educational technology. Teachers can earn up to $100 for participating.

“The focus of the research will be on the effectiveness of scaffolding that Web-based simulations provide in the science classroom,” Kim said. “Teachers can see if technology can really help students learn science.”

Teachers interested in participating should contact Kim at minchi@purdue.edu for more information.

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