The Benefits of Probeware for STEM Education
A variety of studies show that the use of probeware, the combination of probes, software, and other technology tools, has a positive impact on the depth of students’ science understanding. When probeware is used in the context of scientific investigations that engage students in scientific practices, it benefits students and educators in the following ways:
Improves test scores*
Use of technology tools for data collection, analysis, and visualization can provide a learning advantage for students, as evidenced in student test scores in science.
* National Center for Education Statistics, 2002, 2012; Schneider et al., 2002.
Creates a deeper understanding of science concepts
Use of technology tools for data collection, analysis, and visualization to teach scientific practices and support scientific investigations can help to deepen student understanding of science concepts.
Student hands-on use of technology tools for data collection, analysis, and visualization is recommended in guidelines and requirements from influential national and state organizations.
Allows more time for teaching and learning
Real-time data collection provides students an opportunity to identify relationships quickly and frees class time for student engagement in higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Builds student interest in STEM
Using probeware engages students, lets them visualize real-world data, and teaches them to predict, analyze, and draw conclusions based on evidence.
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