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Real Life Stories

Published February 27, 2011

Netvibes: A Tool to Focus Attention during Inquiry-based Learning

Silvia d'Apollonia Teacher, Dawson College

Silvia d'Apollonia decided to place herself and her students in an environment in which lecturing would be difficult (a computer lab) and used a form of problem-based learning (PBL). Basically, she created 5-member teams of students and after briefly introducing the topic for the day, challenged the students to collaborate on completing a set of activities on the topic using information technology.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Published December 14, 2009

Challenging Students with Probabilistic Models

Silvia d'Apollonia Teacher, Dawson College

There is abundant evidence that students have major difficulties understanding phenomena exhibiting the characteristics of complex systems - phenomena such as evolution, population dynamics and gas laws. NetLogo is a programmable modeling environment which can be obtained free of charge where students (and teachers) can explore the characteristics of complex systems.

Biology

Real Life Stories

Published April 5, 2009

Avatars: Helping Students Construct Identities as Learners

Silvia d'Apollonia Teacher, Dawson College

Speaking avatars are now being used not only in distance education to provide a face to students and the teacher; but also in the on-line component of traditional courses to provide a natural human interface and to include the nuance of voice. They also introduce an element of fun and creativity to courses.

Multidisciplinary