Unit 3: Connecting virtual labs and resources to my curriculum

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Activity: Analyze a Technological Resource

Similarly to the previous unit in this mini-course, you will be selecting another virtual lab resource that we explored previously. This time, you will need to make sure that the virtual lab or simulation that you are selecting relates to your curriculum or the science topic that you teach. If you forgot where to find the resources, scroll down to the course map and go back to Unit 2.

When you select a new resource to explore, think about the following questions:

~How does this virtual simulation relate to hands-on learning benefits discussed in Unit 1?

~How does this virtual simulation relate to my curriculum and science standards?

Unit 3 Assignment: Connection to Curriculum Standards

Curriculum is our driving force as instructors. No matter where you teach or what you teach, there is always a set curriculum that you must follow. Whether they are state standards, district expectations, child-development milestones, or others, the set curriculum we must teach is our deciding factor when choosing to implement new ideas for methods of instruction. In this mini-course, it is important that the virtual labs and online simulation tools are relevant to what you teach. If there is no connection to your teaching, then the whole purpose of remote hands-on learning is not meaningful to you. This is why it is crucial to connect the virtual resource you are exploring to the curriculum you would need to teach. For this unit's assignment, you will be doing the following in a Google Doc or Word Document. This Google Doc is for your eyes only because it will help you in planning for your overall assessment for the mini-course (a lesson plan created in unit 4).

The expectations for this assignment are described below:

~Open a Google Doc or Word Document and title it "Virtual Labs in my Curriculum"

~In this document you will be writing 2-3 paragraphs explaining the virtual lab you chose (title, subject, etc.) as well as the curriculum that you are connecting the lab to

Here are the questions that should eventually be answered in your writing:

1. What virtual resource did you choose and what were the pros, cons, and overall experience?

2. How did the lab relate to the benefits of hands-on learning?

3. What standards would this virtual resource touch on if implemented into your curriculum?

4. Where would a lesson including this virtual lab fall in a larger sequence of learning (for instance, the overall unit or topic that the lesson would fall under) and how would it enhance the learning for this bigger idea overall?


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Course Map

Unit 1: What is hands-on learning and what are the benefits of this type of instruction?

Unit 2: How can hands-on learning be done virtually?

Unit 3: Connecting virtual labs and resources to my curriculum

Next Unit: Unit 4: Design and implement a lesson containing virtual hands-on learning

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