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Title: Technologies and Tools to Support Informal Science Learning
Authors: Zimmerman, Heather Toomey
Kanter, David E.
Ellenbogen, Kirsten
Lyons, Leilah
Zuiker, Steven J.
Satwicz, Tom
Martell, Sandra Toro
Hsi, Sherry
Smith, Brian K.
Brown, Matthew
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Zimmerman, H. T., Kanter, D. E., Ellenbogen, K., Lyons, L., Zuiker, S. J., Satwicz, T., Martell, S. T., Hsi, S., Smith, B. K., & Brown, M. (2010). Technologies and Tools to Support Informal Science Learning. In Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.), Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Selected Abstracts (pp. 260-266). Chicago IL: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper explores the role of technologies in supporting informal science learning from seven perspectives. Together, the authors ask a common question: How can learning technologies--tools, spaces, and places--be designed to support learners within and across environments? Eight exemplars are offered to answer this question through an analysis of a specific instance of technology in a non-school environment. Collectively, the authors examine the role of tools that support: access to and distribution of information; scaffolds to help learners tackle complex tasks and deeper understandings; bridging learning across contexts; feedback and reflection; extension of learning experiences in a temporal way; aggregations of visible knowledge, social interaction, facilitation of social practices, personalized learning, and the breakdown of epistemic authority. The authors and two discussants reflect on the methodological innovation, technological advancement, and collaborations needed to move research in this area forward.
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