interactive pretending

in a new article on edutopia, mark prensky defends the value of simulations in the classroom.

Simulation is not just another in the long line of passing fads (or short-term opportunities) in educational technology. It is, rather, a real key to helping our students understand the world. Computer-simulation technology is a way of looking at objects or systems that encourage a learner not only to wonder, “What would happen if . . . ?” but also to try out those alternatives virtually and see the consequences. It is a way for learners to acquire experience about how things and systems in the world behave, without actually touching them.

and while the article is geared to youth education, it also translates well to adult education if one thinks about some of the real world applications it mentions.

[ read the full article – Simulation Nation: The Promise of Virtual Learning Activities ]

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