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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

  • If you have used virtual lab, what has your experience been? What do your students think of virtual versus hands-on?
  • If you haven't used  a virtual lab, what has kept you from doing so? 
  • Should we include more virtual labs in the Archive? Is there something else we should include in the Archive that we're missing?

Thank you for the input!

This thread was posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:48 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
  |   9 Replies   |   Last on 4/22/2018 at 11:11 AM ET
Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

My stundents liked very much the virtual lab.

Best regards

Beatriz Ramirez

Universidad de Santiago

Chile

This was posted on October 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM ET by Beatriz Ramirez.
Re: Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

Thanks for your answer! Do you think your students learn as much from virtual labs as hands-on labs?

This was posted on October 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM ET by Miranda Byse.
Re: Re: Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

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."

This was posted on October 19, 2013 at 6:06 AM ET by Rebecca Evans.
Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

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.

This was posted on October 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM ET by Charles Geach.
Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

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.

Thanks!

This was posted on October 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM ET by Charles Geach.
Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

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.

This was posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM ET by Par Mohammadian.
Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

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. 

This was posted on April 22, 2018 at 11:11 AM ET by Laura Ehlers.
Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

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.

This was posted on October 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM ET by Tami Kepshire.
Re: Re: Virtual Labs - Your Opinion Needed!

Great to know! Thank you for the input!

This was posted on October 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM ET by Miranda Byse.