Science Education

Two applications of technology to science education are worthy of discussion.

  • Making Quality Science Education Ubiquitous through Simulation and Vicarious Experience
  • Bringing the research laboratory to remote locations. Bringing the insights, skills, enthusiasm of the lead research investigators to remote learners.

Science education and environmental education are closely tied together. Some, primarily those with close ties to the physical and biological sciences, see this relationship as one in which emphasis is placed on these "hard" sciences. Yet the challenges of environmental education expose the importance of social sciences as foundations for changes that are needed to meet the goals of sustainability and conservation of biodiversity.

Grafting environmental issues and values to biology is perhaps a necessary step in the emergence of a new science of the environment.

Environmental Biology

Environmental Science

Conservation Biology

Sustainability Science -- The Natural Step

Simulation and vicarious experience through technology tools. Where hands-on learning is not possible we must use technology tools to help learners enjoy the essence of experience where the experience itself is remote, dangerous or time-intensive.

Animation -- building models and metaphors - making the small large enough and the large small enough for the human mind to grasp. Compress and expand time. Chemistry. Physics. Applications of physical and chemical principles to the life sciences.

Video -- simulation, the vicarious interview,

Sound Science and monitoring of water quality.

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