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Title: SimSnap: Supporting Collaborative Learning Through Reconfigurable Simulations
Authors: Tarun, Aneesh P.
Andric, Veronica
Yang, Lesi
Tibu, Tudor
Zaccagnini, Luigi
Zheng, Litong
Hadinezhad, Shafagh
Cang, Xuesong
Goss, William
Baker, Samantha
Gnesdilow, Dana
Puntambekar, Sadhana
Tissenbaum, Mike
Mazalek, Ali
Keywords: CSCL
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Tarun, A. P., Andric, V., Yang, L., Tibu, T., Zaccagnini, L., Zheng, L., Hadinezhad, S., Cang, X., Goss, W., Baker, S., Gnesdilow, D., Puntambekar, S., Tissenbaum, M., & Mazalek, A. (2022). SimSnap: Supporting collaborative learning through reconfigurable simulations. In Weinberger, A. Chen, W., Hernández-Leo, D., & Chen, B. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning - CSCL 2022 (pp. 447-450). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: SimSnap responds to the need for a technology-based tool that supports learning at three social planes—individual, small group, and whole-class—while being easy to deploy with minimal technology overhead costs during their uptake. While much research has examined the efficacy of large-scale collaborative systems and individual-oriented learning systems, the intersection of and the movement between the three social planes is under explored. SimSnap is a cross-device, tablet-based platform that facilitates learning science concepts for middle school students through interactive simulations. Students in physical proximity can ‘snap’ their devices together to collaborate on learning activities. SimSnap enables real-time transition between individual and group activities in a classroom by offering reconfigurable simulations. SimSnap also provides an environment where open-ended and task-specific learning trajectories can be explored to maximize students’ learning potential. In this iteration of SimSnap, we have designed and implemented our first curriculum on SimSnap, focusing on plant biology, ecosystems, and genetics.
Description: Tech Innovation
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