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simSchool - Today's Preservice Students Prepare for Tomorrow's Classrooms
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, SimSchool PT3 Project, United States ; , simSchool PT3 - Vermont Institutes, United States ; , simSchool PT3, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Forces are buffeting today's schools and institutions, impacting teachers' abilities in the classroom. Too many new teachers enter the classroom unprepared to make decisions and manage a classroom of 24-31 students, in part due to teacher preparation programs being disconnected from classroom practice. simSchool serves as a "virtual practicum" connecting the preservice student to practice before entering the classroom. In a compelling learning environment, players analyze student needs, make instructional decisions that attempt to meet those needs, and then see the impact of decisions. The audience will take a tour of simSchool - the decisions players have to make and the resulting impact on simStudents' learning; learn how our pilot faculty envision using simSchool in preservice courses; and engage in a conversation around questions such as, "Looking into the future, how might games and simulations reshape teaching, learning and the organization of educational institutions?"

Citation

Zibit, M., Gibson, D. & Halverson, B. (2006). simSchool - Today's Preservice Students Prepare for Tomorrow's Classrooms. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3130-3136). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 21, 2019 from .

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