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  1. Shari Metcalf
  2. Project Director
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  4. Harvard University
  1. Chris Dede
  2. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/christopher-dede
  3. Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Harvard Graduate School of Education
  1. Tina Grotzer
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Harvard Graduate School of Education
  1. Amy Kamarainen
  2. Senior Research Manager
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  4. Harvard University

EcoXPT

NSF Awards: 1416781

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

Ecosystems are an important strand of the life science content standards, and ecosystem science involves complex processes difficult for students to understand. EcoXPT is a new research project based on EcoMUVE, a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE)-based middle school science curriculum that supports learning about the causal dynamics of ecosystems though observation and exploration in a virtual world. EcoXPT infuses epistemologically authentic experiment-based inquiry within the virtual ecosystem. In this video we present the research goals of EcoXPT, and examples from pilot implementations. Students use some of the new simulated experimentation tools in order to test their hypotheses about variables and relationships, and engage in evidence-based reasoning as they develop hypotheses about the ecosystem scenario.

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