Educational Simulations in Schools
Do you use simulations in education? Maybe your answer is “No”. But is it true?
I remember my years in primary school. Once a year the principal and the teachers prepared a large simulation for the whole school. It was a simulation of a chemical gas attack. We ran out of the school, teachers explained to us the warning signals, showed us how to put on gas masks, and we learned a lot. I still remember all the information.
Simulation is the imitation of the real-world process or system operation. When we talk about simulations, the engineering ones in car labs, mathematical or computer ones come to mind first. But simulations are used more often than you think.
Have you ever asked your students: “What would you do if an earthquake hit this city?” You were simulating the situation, and it was up to the students how they dealt with it and understood the consequences.
The main goal of the simulations is to simulate the real world experience and boost the creative spirit of the students while they are looking for the solutions. Simulations can turn boring education into the creative and interactive process. They can help teachers and students in schools to explore things and situations in the world that are too dangerous, too expensive, too far away or too small.
Why are the simulations not used in schools in our age of the internet? There are still a lot of problems implementing simulations in education.
– A lot of simulations are too expensive for schools to purchase.
– Many teachers don’t know how to use them.
– Some teachers think the simulations are only videos.
– Others think they are some evil video games.
– If some teachers find them useful, they don’t share this success with other teachers, on the internet and blogs.
These are the reasons why we decided to run explain3D. Teachers, students, kids, and parents have the opportunity to use the interactive simulations and visualizations in schools and at home to make education more fun, more engaging and modern. All the simulations are available online for free.
We believe that with the cooperation and sharing the ideas we can make education more effective, and change it into a great learning experience.
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