The Design of a Converging Lens Computer Simulation and its Effect on Image Predictions
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Bryan, J., Slough, S. & Milam, J. (2007). The Design of a Converging Lens Computer Simulation and its Effect on Image Predictions. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 3232-3236). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2007
June 25, 2007
Craig Montgomerie & Jane Seale
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As computer technology increasingly enhances the teaching and learning of all science disciplines, computer simulations, in particular, have become exceptionally beneficial in physics education. As with any educational innovation, the manner in which in which physics instructors integrate computer simulations into their instructional practices directly effects its effectiveness. However, the simulation design may also be an important factor in evaluating its impact on a student's conceptual development and understanding. This paper examines the effects of three differently designed converging lens simulations on students' predictions and subsequent understandings of how images are formed by converging lenses, specifically in relation to outcomes when portions of the lens or image are covered. Implications for further development of computer simulations and implementation into instructional practices result.
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