Implementing Microsoft PiL in Australian Schools

John Messing, Irfan Altas, Jason Howarth


In the present study we employ a combination of
laboratory exercises and simulation. In particular we
studied the case of teaching mechanical oscillations to
undergraduate students of Polytechnic and Pedagogical
departments. Simulations were performed using a general
purpose package, MATHEMATICA®, which is widely
employed in our departments, and presents some important
advantages such as ease of writing mathematical relations,
small extent of programs necessary for the solution, ease of
creating graphical representations/animations. In the
employed process an experimental setup of the physical
system is constructed and then using a general purpose
package students construct a model of the system that
already know from the laboratory experiments. Using these
models students produce solutions for various initial
conditions, graphical representations of the results as well as
animations corresponding to the time evolution of the
system. The results show that the above process offers the
students many different representations of the physical
problem leading to a better understanding, contribute to the
development of critical spirit and to the familiarization with
the use of ICT.


Information and Communications Technology in Schools; Teacher training; Education

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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