Simulations & Assessment: A Whole New Playground
Looking for inspiration when it comes to assessment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)? Through exploration and experimentation, simulations (sims) create playful interactive environments in which students directly engage with STEM concepts, practices, and ideas. Through a hands-on BYOD (bring your own device) experience, we’ll explore the potential that sims offer to assess STEM learning in ways that traditional STEM assessment cannot, and invite participants to think creatively about simulation-based assessment - playful vs constrained, stealth vs explicit, process vs content.
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- Participants will recognize the potential for simulations and games as meaningful and useful assessments.
- Participants will play a few different versions of the same simulation and identify how it might fit into their personal practice or company product.
- Participants will understand the multitude of ways that simulations can be used for assessment purposes, and define which ways best suit their needs
- Kathy Perkins, PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder
- Steve Ji, BrainPOP
Kathy Perkins, Dir, PhET Interactive Simulations/University of Colorado Boulder