I will be presenting work from the SiMSAM and DataSketch projects at the Modeling and Model-Based Reasoning in STEM Conference August 26-27, 2016 at Purdue University. My talk abstract is below; for more information visit the conference website. Continue reading
Wilkerson, M. H., Bautista, A. Tobin, R., Cao, Y., & Brizuela, B. (In Press). More than meets the eye: Patterns and shifts in what middle school mathematics teachers describe as models. To appear in Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.
Read the preprint manuscript here.
Though modeling is a popular topic in mathematics education, the field’s definition of model is diverse. Less is known about what teachers identify as mathematical models, even though it is teachers who ultimately enact modeling activities in the classroom. Continue reading
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This paper explores the role that technology can play in engaging pre-service teachers with the iterative, “messy” nature of model-based inquiry. Over the course of 5 weeks, 11 pre-service teachers worked in groups to construct models of diffusion using a computational animation and simulation toolkit, and designed lesson plans for the toolkit. Content analyses of group discussions and lesson plans document Continue reading
We will be presenting work from the SiMSAM project at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington, DC on April 11.
Simulation, Measurement, and Stop Action Moviemaking (SiMSAM) explores how middle school students reason about physical phenomena using modeling and simulation technologies. Our goal is to build a tool that allows students to move back and forth between formats to create, share and test their own and each others’ scientific models.