NGSS & Tech

In the new NGSS standards, the practices refer to Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking and Analyzing and Interpreting Data . More specifically they as students in the lower grades to use and develop models and in the higher grades to create and use computational simulations. The Concord onsortium has developed tools to help students reach these goals.

The mission of the Concard Consortium is "To ignite large-scale improvements in teaching and learning through technology. "


First, let's talk about data.

Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP)

Open-source software for dynamic data exploration

Now, Let's Explore Simulations that create data

Works with the CODAP above. Allows students to create a computational model that allows students to generate model output.

Using SageModeler in the classroom SageModeler is a flexible tool that can be used to model a wide variety of phenomena. The following is one way to get students engaged in modeling:

1. Introduce the phenomenon through one or more techniques: reading/research, video, in-class demonstration, or student lab/ activity.

2. Have students brainstorm variables that are part of the system to be modeled.

3. Ask students to hone in on key variables and build an initial model.

4. Bring the class together to discuss the models that students built.

5. Explore a particular aspect of the system in more detail, ideally in a way that will provide students with data or observations that can be compared with the output from their own model.

6. Revise models, share, and repeat.

The following phenomena work well with SageModeler: • Climate change • Kinetic molecular theory and gas behavior • Magnetic forces • Collisions, forces, and energy • Evaporation • Water quality • Environmental effects on disease • Weather patterns


Credit to Building Models Project, Cothran, M., Damelin, D..