simSchool - a Virtual Practicum
Melanie Zibit Melanie, Bill Halverson, simSchool, 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
simSchool is an exciting new way to prepare teachers to improve student learning. simSchool is a computer simulation where teachers virtually practice their teaching and classroom management skills within a fun and safe educational simulation - game environment. This simulation documents growth and user results-oriented abilities using a powerful new data tracking and reporting tool. simSchool's goals are to impact preservice curricula, enhance preservice teaching, increase the percentage of new teachers who possess knowledge and skills in results-driven classroom practices and gather baseline and change-over-time data on the status of student results. This poster will demonstrate simSchool, share the underlying instructional model and how it can increase preservice students' skills in results-driven classroom practices; discuss how teacher educators envision using simSchool and future developments.
Melanie, M.Z. & Halverson, B. (2006). simSchool - a Virtual Practicum. 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. 2332-2333). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).