New Uses of Educational Technology

The American Educational Research Association presented academic research exploring the new uses of educational technology earlier this year. Connected Gardening is a curriculum and garden design iPad app connected to sensor-based “probeware” technology that provides a constant stream of realtime data about temperature, soil-moisture levels and sunlight exposure. Students learn about data visualization, data analysis, and plant-growth cycles giving them the skills and information to design, develop and operate their own living gardens as they go. Another example is MEteor, a simulation game where students interact with a room sized simulation environment. The lessons are about physics concepts like gravitational acceleration. They involve students predicting trajectory by physically moving along the path they think a meteor (projected on the floor) will travel.

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