Monday, March 30, 2009

Generating and Testing Hypotheses

Another proven instructional strategy focuses on inductive thinking by having students discover principals through generating and testing hypotheses. To be successful, learning experiences must include clear guidelines and structured tasks that guide students to a deeper understanding of the concept.

Technology can be a valuable tool throughout the process. Directions, tables and graphic organizers can detail the procedures and organize the data. Digital probes, microscopes and tools can be utilized to collect accurate data. Spreadsheet functions facilitate recording and analyzing results so students can focus on interpreting data rather than performing complicated calculations. Online simulations allow students to quickly perform multiple trials or run experiments that cannot practically be completed on site.

Need good simulation sites? A netTrekker is a great tool for locating reliable resources. Simply refine the search results for your chosen topic by selecting Learning Experiences under the Learning Aids category.

Let's rethink the possibilities.

Based on content found in:
Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement written by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock and Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works written by Howard Pilter, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, Matt Kuhn and Kim Malenoski