Friday, December 4, 2009

Co-creation of virtual laboratory inquiry learning environments ( java applets) through Web 2.0 informal Ejs learning community & collaboration

Innovation or Not? Perhaps time will tell.
Ejs open source Vernier calipers java applet with objects, help & 0-error logic


Title:
Co-creation of virtual laboratory inquiry learning environments ( java applets) through Web 2.0 informal learning community & collaboration with international universities

Purpose:
The learning of science using simulation or virtual laboratory has enabled many school teachers to use them as,
(1) Demonstration and visualization tool in class or lecture,
(2) A ICT supporting tool to aid explanation of science phenomena and
(3) Supported learner centered pedagogy to promote experiential learning.

Through collaboration with practicing academic scientists, we have created scientific simulations targeted to support teachers in conducting virtual laboratory learning experiences coupled with guided inquiry active learning strategy.

This COP has engaged me in professional learning practices through co-creation of simulations, so that we can be professional teachers for the world.

To be the champion and catalyst in harnessing educational technologies to enhance educational processes in schools, I lead a strategic informal partnership with the international community of universities professors in Web 2.0 collaborations.

These collaborations result in the co-creation of scientific simulations, finer customized for Singapore science curriculum. I have lead the development of suitable innovative ICT pedagogy through these virtual laboratories, there by enhancing the teaching and learning processes in collaborating school, for example River Valley High.

This idea is unique for the following reasons:

* Free - The virtual labs are co-created free of monetary charge, as the education professions lead the way for creation of interactive curriculum materials, without employing vendors to make them.
* Empower - Teachers now have the power to re-design pedagogical scaffolds or new scientific models that meet their own design specifications.
* COP, Community of practice - Teachers are immersed in the COP of designing simulations, are better prepared to use technology in their classroom and learn about the practice of being a scientist instead of just teaching the knowledge of science.
* New knowledge creation - New knowledge is created through the collaboration and the science comes alive through the simulation modeling equations.





Ejs open source Vernier calipers java applet with objects, help & 0-error logic

Ejs open source Vernier calipers java applet with objects, help & 0-error logic


Ejs open source java applet 1D collision carts Elastic and Inelastic Collision ; I presented a paper at the 3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference June 1-3 2009, Singapore


Ejs open source java applet 1D collision carts Elastic and Inelastic Collision



Ejs Open Source Direct Current Electrical Motor Model Java Applet ( DC Motor )

Ejs Open Source Direct Current Electrical Motor Model Java Applet ( DC Motor )



Ejs Open Source Alternative Current Electrical Generator Model Java Applet

Ejs Open Source Alternative Current Electrical Generator Model Java Applet

Some exemplars of virtual labs co-created by me, supported by the community

* Open source - Typical simulations created on the internet usually provide little or no way of personalization or customization. Open source sharing has empowered anyone to remix the simulation shared by the community.
* Creative commons - Creative commons license attribution has lowered the barriers for redistributing and scaling good educational resources to actual classroom interventions.

The evaluations are:

1. The professors and community post their opinions on the re-mixed simulations, suggestion for improvements and strategy for student engaged learning.
2. The public feedback and thanks reaffirms the work done by this community.
3. High number of visits on the individual simulations pages.

Google search engine top relevance of search ” for example “1D collision java applet”

In the business of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment, the creation of such interactive curriculum materials can be the exemplar ways for wide scale translation of meaningful use of ICT in schools. The learner centered pedagogy, where students explore and make sense of the science themselves, promote meaningful experiential learning with ICT. In the area of formative assessment, mature students can be engaged in the process of modeling their own simulations and the final model can be a component of richness of the school based assessment.

This project is sustained internationally by Open Source Physics (OSP) and Conceptual Learning of Science (CoLos) group. These innovations have spread across the globe with established scientists in reputable universities from Spain, Taiwan & USA, creating interactive curriculum materials for their university courses.

One challenge in this project is the need for high TPCK (technology, pedagogy, content and knowledge) in teacher capability to infuse meaningful ICT into their lessons. Thus, as far as I know, a very small number of ICT specialist teachers are spending the time and effort to personalize these simulations into interactive virtual labs that support inquiry based learning for school reforms required by ideals of 21st century learning.

Other exploring the use of commercial vendors to create learning environments, may consider tapping on existing community of practices that are innovating in similar ways.

These communities of professors are excellent knowledge and pedagogy experts for professional learning community (PLC) in schools.