Cognition & Technology
November 3
CEP 909
Fall 2005
Stuff by day

In class:

  • Work on measures for each group's study
  • Discuss readings, and if time allows, do an overview powerpoint
  • Show off cool simulations


Required Readings:

A week on StarLogo – one of the two most famous, well thought out uses of simulation in education (the other being by White and Fredrickson).

Resnick, M. (1996). Decentralized modeling and decentralized thinking. In W. Feureig and N. Roberts (Eds.) Modeling and Simulation in Science and Mathematics Education (pp. 114-137). Springer-Verlag: New York.(Download).

Optional Readings

Wilensky, U., & Resnick, M. (1996). Thinking in levels: A dynamic systems approach to making sense of the world. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 8(1), 3-19. (Download).

Klopfer, E., and Yoon, S. (2005). Developing games and simulations for today and tomorrow's tech savvy youth. TechTrends 49(3) 33-41. (Download).




Reminder: All work for the class is to be turned in electronically so that others in the class may access your work. Put it on your web-page, on the e-groups, or whichever way you can make your work publicly visible. Assignments due next Wed at 11:59 pm.


Find an example from some domain (other than the ones covered in the readings) and discuss how simulation has/is/will change or add to the nature of the discipline you have chosen.

An example might be weather: Now a lot of predictions are based upon simulations. This has changed quite a bit the way forecasting used to be done (now you can't chose weather prediction for your homework).

Chose your domain, talk about the changes brought about (or soon to be brought about) by simulation and write about them.

(REMINDER: Connections to readings and course concepts are good ideas)



Further design of measures and procedures for your study (a more detailed plan will emerge after individual consultation with your group)

Reminder: Look at some other students work BEFORE you get to class on Thursday. Be prepared to talk about one other student's theory of mind in depth that you found particularly interesting or worth discussing.
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