Emerging Technologies for Learning Science: A Time of Rapid Advances
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In February, 2007, we co-edited a special issue (Vol. 16, No. 1) that focused on technologies for learning science that are inquiry-based, leverage multiple media, and integrate game-design principles and scenarios to establish rich inquiry-based contexts for engaging scientific issues. Since that time, we have prepared a second special issue on emerging technologies, this time with a somewhat broader focus on new technology-based methods of learning science. As a field, we are in an era of very rapid advances in interactive media, and the seven articles in this issue span pedagogies based on Web 2.0 tools, immersive interfaces, and games.
The term Web 2.0 reflects a shift in leading-edge applications on the World Wide Web from the presentation of material by website providers to the active co-construction of resources by communities of contributors (Dede 2008a). Whereas the twentieth-century web centered on developer-created material (e.g., informational websites) generated primarily...
KeywordsScience Education Immersive Interface Teachable Agent Collaboration Script Science Education Community
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