DynaLearn - Conceptual modelling, Virtual characters, Semantic Technology and Science education workbench

CONCEPTUAL MODELLING

Systems thinking in secondary education

Using DynaLearn learners create conceptual models.
Doing so they develop insight into what systems are, how systems
function, and how the behaviour of systems can be explained.
This stimulates a deep and lasting capacity for systems thinking.

LEARNING BY DOING

Students manipulate icons and create diagrams, and thereby actively develop their understanding.

QUALITATIVE

Working with knowledge in its authentic form, without numbers, so that learning focuses on the conceptual nature of systems thinking.

CONCEPT FRAMEWORK

Tinkering with knowledge using ingredients that are essential for understanding and explaining system behaviour.

REFLECTIVE

Conceptual models have meaning and are computed. The conclusions encourage deeper thinking and reflection.



How does it work?

SETTINGS AND USE


EDUCATIONAL FORMATS


SYSTEMS THINKING


How to use it?
..BIOLOGY

Was the extinction of the wolves in Yellowstone advantageous or disadvantageous for the other animals in this American park?

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..PHYSICS

The radiation emitted by the sun results in a decrease in the mass of the sun. Could this decrease have consequences for the earth?

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..ECONOMY

How do 'market demand' and 'supply from industry' relate to each other? And what do these have to do with the 'pork cycle'?

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AND MORE..

These and other assignments were made in collaboration with teachers. The material is available online, including the associated models.

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