How to Use Interactive Online Models
Currently the big issue with using interactive on-line modeling environments is creating meaningful activities for your students, activities that will engage them and help them learn. Pedagogical ideas related to Interactive Engagement and Systems Thinking are both relevant to designing good modeling activities for students. Some of the interactive online modeling examples presented here come with sample activities.
Other Useful References
- Central Limit Theorem Applet (more info) "This applet demonstrates the central limit theorem using simulated dice-rolling experiments. An 'experiment' consists of rolling a certain number of dice (1-5 dice are available in this applet) and adding the number of spots showing. This experiment is 'performed' repeatedly, keeping track of the number of times each outcome is observed." Very user friendly and easy to visualize.
- SticiGui: Statistics Tools for Internet and Classroom Instruction with a Graphical User Interface Java Tools (more info)
- Java Demos for Probability and Statistics (more info)
- Java at Xanadu (more info)
- Many of the above and many many more are at Mathtools.net (more info) This site requires a free registration that takes 1—2 minutes.