Hands on Learning Benefits Through Virtual Science Labs

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Introduction

The topic of this mini course is Hands-on Learning Through Virtual Science Labs. The purpose of the course is to teach science educators how to utilize virtual science labs while still creating that hands-on learning experience even through a computer. In today's day and age, virtual learning is huge and science educators like myself are struggling to engage our students in hands-on and fun learning through electronic means. This course will help educate teachers on how to get the best of both worlds when it comes to science education through a computer.

Course Learning Objectives

After completing this course, KNILT educators will learn:

1. The benefits of hands-on learning in a science classroom setting

2. Examples of virtual based hands on learning

3. How to connect virtual labs to the Next Generation Science Standards for their science topic

4. How to incorporate virtual lab or virtual resources into a lesson plan format that utilizes the benefits of hands-on learning through a computer or virtual setting

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

To start this unit, click on the hyperlinked title above.

By the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

- Describe the benefits of hands-on learning

- Identify examples of in-person hands-on learning

- Reflect on personal experiences of hands-on learning in either their teaching or learning

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

To start this unit, click on the hyperlinked title above.

By the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

- Research the question "what are virtual labs?"

- Examine current technological resources such as virtual labs or interactive media

- Participate in one virtual resource that was researched

- Describe the resource and how it relates to hands-on learning benefits

Unit 3: Connecting virtual labs and resources to my curriculum

To start this unit, click on the hyperlinked title above.

By the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

- Analyze a virtual resource (positives, negatives, things you would change)

- Connect this resource to 1 or more learning standards

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

To start this unit, click on the hyperlinked title above.

By the end of this unit, learners will be able to:

- Given a lesson plan template, create a lesson containing at least one virtual hands-on resource

- Evaluate the effectiveness of the lesson by teaching this lesson to a class (whole group or small group) virtually

- Reflect on their learning through a Google Form

References

Martin, K. (2017). Learning by doing [Photograph]. Katie Martin. https://katielmartin.com/2017/04/15/learning-by-doing/

Stern, B. (2018). Engineering for kids [Photograph]. Madison Mom. https://madisonmom.com/engineering-kids-dane-county-hands-learning-budding-scientist/