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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION

ISSN: 1648-5831 (printed), 2335-8971 (online)

© Vilnius University Institute of Mathematics and Informatics

2015, Vol. 14, No. 2
pp. 279-289

DOI: 10.15388/infedu.2015.16

Computer Simulations and their Influence on Students' Understanding of Oscillatory Motion

Miriam SPODNIAKOVÁ PFEFFEROVÁ

Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University
Tajovského 40, 97401 Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic

Abstract

Nowadays, the use of information technology (ICT) in education is nothing new. But the question is where the limit is when the use of ICT does not have the desired effect.
In the paper we discuss the use of simulations in the teaching process that can positively influence students' achievements. At the beginning of the paper we present the results of a research aimed at exploring the impact of the use of computer simulations on secondary school students' understanding of oscillatory motion. The aim of the research was to explore the effect of the use of simulations on students' abilities to work with graphs and to find out relevant information. In the conclusion, the possibilities of integration of simulations into the teaching process are discussed.

Keywords:

simulation, physics education, oscillatory motion, graph.




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