Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Edmark's Virtual Labs: Light

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Edmark's Virtual Labs: Light

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Every now and then a computer program that is easy to use, content-rich, open-ended, educationally sound and interesting reaches the market--Virtual Labs: Light is one of these programs. This program introduces students to basic light, lenses and mirrors via ready-to-use on-screen tools. The more advanced student can perform very complex light activities using the lab tools to create and save his or her own setups. In addition, students can consult the Sci-Clopedia or look through articles in the World Book Bonus Science Reference that is found on the CD.

There are 42 experiments in this program that the teacher can duplicate and distribute from the teacher's manual. These sheets provide information about the basic light concepts involved in the activity, and Why Try It? provides the reason for doing the activity in the first place. This is followed by a step-by-step procedure for the student to follow, along with plenty of space to record answers to open-ended questions.

The main program screen is divided into several sections. The workspace is where the student builds the setup and where various icons allow access to lasers, mirrors, lenses, filters, barriers and targets. There are also buttons that allow entry to the guided tour, Sci-Clopedia, reference cards, print, save and exit. …

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