1. Matt Silberglitt
  2. http://simscientists.org/
  3. Senior Research Associate
  4. SimScientists Games: Development of Simulation-Based Game Designs to Enhance Formative Assessment & Deep Science Learning in MS
  5. http://simscientists.org
  6. WestEd, Intelligent Automation Inc
  1. Edys Quellmalz
  2. https://www.wested.org/personnel/edys-quellmalz/
  3. Director Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning Systems
  4. SimScientists Games: Development of Simulation-Based Game Designs to Enhance Formative Assessment & Deep Science Learning in MS
  5. http://simscientists.org
  6. WestEd
Public Discussion
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    Matt Silberglitt

    Presenter
    May 15, 2017 | 10:01 a.m.

    Hello and welcome to our presentation on SimScientists Games. The games are part of a suite of computer-based modules for middle school ecosystems that includes simulations and games, embedded into a teacher's regular instruction on the topic. The simulations and games provide real-time feedback to students and feedback to students and teachers that can be used formatively, to adjust and differentiate instruction, in addition to a summative, simulation-based assessment at the end of the unit. As you view the presentation, consider how simulations and games can be part of instruction and part of a multi-level system of assessments from classroom embedded, end-of-unit, interim, to the end of the year.

     
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    Patricia Ruiz
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    Patricia Ruiz

    Facilitator
    May 16, 2017 | 09:17 a.m.

    Hi! Thank you for sharing your project. It looks like a great opportunity to help students develop problem-solving and collaboration skills. Have you thought of having students play the game in pairs or is it meant to be played individually. Also are you thinking of developing a training module for teachers to be able to use the reports effectively?

    This seems like a good game for informal learning environments as well, will you be testing in informal learning environments? I look forward to hearing more!

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    Edys Quellmalz

    Co-Presenter
    May 16, 2017 | 04:19 p.m.

    Students can talk together as they play, however teachers seem to prefer getting progress reports for individual students to use as formative assessment. The SimScientists projects have developed online PD that includes guidance on how teachers can use the progress reports to differentiate and adjust instruction. Our current research plan for our NSF grant is to study classroom use of the games as they reinforce and extend concepts and practices the progress reports from the prior curriculum-embedded simulation-based assessment indicate need strengthening.

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    Rowena Douglas

    Facilitator
    May 17, 2017 | 03:35 p.m.

    Greetings.  Great work!  Love this! As you develop the game(s) do you find that teachers who have been given more professional development in using certain (such as NSF funded) instructional materials for ecosystems have greater success in differentiating and adjusting their instruction? 

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    Matt Silberglitt

    Presenter
    May 21, 2017 | 11:34 p.m.

    Hi Rowena,

    Thanks for your interest in the project. We provide PD to teachers as part of the project. We haven't tracked participation in other types of PD.

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    Amy Kamarainen

    Researcher
    May 17, 2017 | 05:31 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your work. It looks really exciting - we are hungry for assessments that are aligned with NGSS. Is there a way we could try the assessments? They may be a nice complement to our research on ecosystem science learning through virtual environments (e.g., EcoXPT). Also, do you think these could be used or adapted to serve the needs of younger children (e.g., 3rd grade)? 

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    Matt Silberglitt

    Presenter
    May 21, 2017 | 11:35 p.m.

    Hi Amy,

    Thank you for your interest in the project. Please contact us directly at wested.org if you would like to follow up.

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    Lisa Samford

    Facilitator
    May 17, 2017 | 05:55 p.m.

    This seems like a project that could be very easily adapted for a slightly younger audience, as well. Is there a group-play component? How will this be distributed to educators/classrooms?

     

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    Matt Silberglitt

    Presenter
    May 21, 2017 | 11:38 p.m.

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for your interest in the project. Students will play individually or in pairs. It will be distributed via our Learning Management System (LMS) developed for the SimScientists program. This allows teachers to review students' results individually or by class, and is designed to allow quick, convenient formative use of the data.

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