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Teachers, I need your opinion! I am curious to know who has and has not used virtual labs in their class, why, and how the Archive can help you with laboratory experiences for your students
Thank you for the input!
This thread was posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
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My stundents liked very much the virtual lab.
Universidad de Santiago
Thanks for your answer! Do you think your students learn as much from virtual labs as hands-on labs?
I have never used a virtual lab. In my sixth grade curriculum the emphasis is more on physical science. We do have a unit on cells. One of the year's highlights is the cow's eye dissection. The sixth graders love/dread handling the eyeball. If we were to have this lab performed virtually, the anticipation and intrigue would be greatly reduced. I like my students to get "down and dirty" in my labs as their world is becoming dominated by technology. I like to keep my labs "messy."
Many of my experiences with Virtual labs has been one of just clicking and dragging. Students are attarcted to the electronic medium but most of the labs have not been very challenging. They need to be more open ended, with problem solving points such as in a true video game and not just an electronic cookbook approach.
Has anyone found any open ended virtual labs? Labs that allow students to make mistakes or have differnt paths to a solution? If so please share.
I would like to move to a virtual lab; however, I can't find a comprehensive virtual lab. All labs are scattered on various websites and some are even incomplete. A comprehensive website with accurate virtual labs would be excellent.
I have used a virtual owl pellet dissection lab, kidwings, as a preview to the actual dissection with my 5th graders. It familiarizes them with the bones they may find in the actual pellet, names the bones, and has them place the bones in the correct place of the prey's skeleton. They are so excited when they can identify the bones they are finding in their own pellet.
I have used and continue to use virtual labs in my anatomy & physiology classes. Basically I have used them due to lack of resources for hands-on labs or the inablility to perform the lab due to its nature. I have used virtual surgeries, HHMI virtual bacteria labs, blood typing labs, and immunology labs. These could not be done at a high school level because the equipment needed is far too costly. Most of my students enjoy these, but don't seem to get as much out of it as a hands-on lab. They tend to view it as a game. I have had good and bad experiences with virtual labs - problems range from being too simple, to be way above my students' level and difficult to understand. It would be helpful to have some virtual labs in the archive, since they are tested and rated.
Great to know! Thank you for the input!