"...the aim is to recreate or represent in a limited time
in the classroom particular situations which exist in the world outside...often using
a computer program which incorporates the model on which the simulation is based.
Reynolds, M. (1994) Groupwork in Education and Training Ideas in Practice, London: Kogan Page, pp18-19.
Simulations are "...one of the most effective ways to promote deep
conceptual understanding of the real world".
Peter Miller, Christina Smart, and Jacqui Nicol, Economics Centre of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (UK)
"Placing a student in a simulated environment means they become involved. They view
their experiences in a personal way.... From this they gain an attachment that can be shaped into a true learning
Rick Effland, Maricopa Community College
Simulations can be a powerful education tool. The problem is that using simulations
in education is different from "reality" and that simulations effect the user.
Kevin Cox, Simulations in Education, Web Tools Newsletter, 30th July 1999
Using Microcomputer Based Labs and
Simulations in High School Science
A Look at Computer Gaming Environments for Solid Instructional Strategies
Computer Technology: Effectiveness in Enhancing Problem Solving Skills and Domain-Specific Concepts
Simulation Training Systems: Articles on Simulations
GenScope, multilevel genetics simulation for middle and secondary school
Games and Simulations for Learning: Software evaluations
Simulations for Anthropology: Faculty and Student Views
ThinkerTools Simulation Software
Logal Simulation Library
Great Buildings Online (3D architectural modeling)
Stella models in science
WebQuest: Using WWW & Interactive Simulation Games in the Classroom
Cocoa (presentation/simulation authoring program for kids, formerly called "KidSim")
Chem lab simulation
Flip Site (coin flipping simulation)
CarSim (automobile braking and suspension simulation)
EnzymeTA: What is the relationship between temperature and the activity of enzymes?
Project Java (Earth Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry)
Physics and astronomy interactive Web-based simulations
NTNU Virtual Physics Laboratory
Interactive Simulations of Basic Electronic and Operational Amplifier Circuits
Interactive Computer Models for Analytical Chemistry Instruction
Crocodile Clips, simulations software for teaching physics, chemistry, and technology.
Physics simulations for Macintosh
RasMol freeware molecular modeling software
SoundView (realtime sound visualization program for Macintosh)
Civilization II simulation game
Westward HO!, online simulated wagon train journey to the American West
Oregon Trail II, wagon train simulation computer game (Win/Mac)
Widget Workshop, scientist-inventor laboratory simulation game