Integrated Curriculum

Introduction to Tutorials and Simulations

       While educational tutorials and simulations will never replace excellent teaching in the classroom, these innovative tools can assist students with guided practice for self-paced reviews of instruction, alternative learning strategies, hands-on interactive experiences, and additional instruction when teachers are unavailable. You will find a variety of  examples of tutorials and simulations on these pages to assist teachers and students with tracking academic progress, using self-paced learning tools as well as access to handouts, practice tests, diagrams, classroom text and other materials students can use online to keep up with classroom course work.

     Sample tutorials range from live tutors that interact with students online to answer questions, review course material, clarify or supplement textbook reading to high-quality, multimedia software programs that provide help in various content areas for elementary, middle and high school students. 

            Additionally, simulations are provided with demonstrations of physical “how to” procedural and situational scenarios.  These sample demonstrations include science learning opportunities using interactive weather data with real-time geographic display and applications of time and space that are under the student’s command.  These types of simulations provide models offering ways of understanding the world around us through creativity and imagination, teach appropriate sequences of steps to perform certain procedures and can include diagnostic programs in which students try to identify the sources of medical and mechanical problems, along with flight simulators, in which students simulate piloting an airplane or other vehicle.  These types of simulations give students hypothetical problem situations and ask them to react (Roblyer, 2010).  

References

Roblyer, M.D., Doering, A.H. (2010).  Integrating educational technology
     into teaching
(5th ed.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon.


ETEC 602 Syllabus, Technology and the School Curriculum, Nova Southeastern University