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Numedeon is developing a set of web-based tools for teacher professional training and support. These tools are built around K-12 science education, available on-line, and supported with in-classroom and on-line teacher training. The resources target middle school students who cooperate on exploratory learning tasks. Girls have been "hooked" on this site - 72% of those who participate are middle school girls. An NSF grant aims to determine WHY this web site is so successful with girls. One... More
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: June 20, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: April 21, 2012
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Primary Audience: Middle School, College General Ed, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: The Whyville site uses Java to display most of its information, so please be sure you are using a Java-enabled browser and that Java is turned on. Most modern browsers include Java.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
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Avatar for Teacher Education Editorial Board
14 years ago

Teacher Education Editorial Board (Faculty)

This Item will be reviewed by the Teacher Education Editorial Review Board 65

Avatar for Nancy J. Pelaez
14 years ago

Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)

This URL provides a good example of a site planned for the protection of kids.
The recommended resources (TV shows) are entirely appropriate for children!

Technical Remarks:

Note that the complexity of the registration process is specifically intended to
provide protections for kids. And it works very well - Whyville reports almost
no incidents of inappropriate adult interaction with our kids (they monitor
this using sophisticated software they developed and patented).

Avatar for Nancy J. Pelaez
14 years ago

Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)

I learned about this resource during a AAAS symposium on Science Education. Jim
Bower, a Caltech neurobiologist, has worked on improving science education
through supporting teachers who use hands-on inquiry in the Pasadena schools for
over seventeen years. This web site is built upon the conviction that ALL
children can learn good science if presented with engaging and developmentally
appropriate challenges.

Technical Remarks:

Registration can be complicated. Kids must secure parental permission. I
recommend that you first enter as a guest. You can also follow the links to
Numedeon, Inc to contact the authors to register as a teacher.