Exploring the Role of Technology-Based Simulations in Science Assessment: The Calipers Projectby: Edys S. Quellmalz, Angela H. DeBarger, Geneva Haertel, Patricia Schank, Barbara C. Buckley, Janice Gobert, Paul Horwitz, and Carlos C. Ayala

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In this chapter, the authors describe a project funded by the National Science Foundation, “Calipers: Using Stimulation to Assess Complex Science Learning.” This project is a two-year demonstration project that aims to use technology-supported “benchmark assessments” to bridge the gap between external summative assessments of principled design and high technical quality and curriculum-embedded formative assessments.

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  • on Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:52 AM

This chapter describes an experiment to design simulations to test students higher order reasoning skills. It mentions how it can be used as assessments, but not really how a classroom teacher could integrate these into lessons and although a number of different parameters are provided, how teachers could utilize this information formatively, diagnotically or summatively. The chapter was written in the early stages of the experiment, so one would think the information would be out there somewhere hope the authors provide that in more detail with the materials themselves. Other than that - it provides ideas that experienced teachers might develop to integrate the now many online simulations into lessons.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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