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Teacher Support Materials

Hi everybody, Recent research indicates that teachers value exemplary lesson plans additionally to modelling software materials such as SCYDynamics. For teachers interested in the use of SCYDynamics in the classroom context, take a look at this (Dutch) lesson plan, which … Continue reading

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Article about SimSketch in IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies

Our article about SimSketch finally got published in the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies! The title is “SimSketch: Multi-Agent Simulations Based on Learner-Created Sketches for Early Science Education” and currently it’s available as pre-print: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TLT.2013.9

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small update and bug fix

Hi everybody, a new version of SimSkech is out! A small bug has been fixed (which caused a crash when you would assign both a “Distribute” and a “Factory” behavior to a unit), and you can now load SimSketch files … Continue reading

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small SimSketch update

Hi everybody, I just uploaded a new version of SimSketch – the automatic grouping feature is back again! We are using now a completely new algorithm/library, which works fine with Java 7. It is nearly as accurate as the previous … Continue reading

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new SimSketch version

Hi everybody, some minutes ago, I uploaded a new version of SimSketch. What’s new? A reset button has been added in the simulation view, which makes your life easier when you want to re-run a model from start. A first … Continue reading

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OCÉ Computer Science Summer Camp

At the OCÉ Computer Science Summer Camp at the end of August, we will try to make SimSketch “kinectable”, i.e. make the user interface controllable with the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Interested students with a computer science background can still apply for … Continue reading

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our blog on wacom.eu

As of recently, Wacom, a producer of pen-based input devices (which go nicely together with our tools), placed descriptions of our efforts and tools on their website. Have a look: http://education.wacom.eu/modern-classroom/university-of-twente

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SimSketch goes Nemo

Currently, SimSketch is being applied in an activity at Nemo in Amsterdam as part of a master’s thesis from the University of Twente. In this thesis, we investigate the benefits of SimSketch for young learners when trying to learn about … Continue reading

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Visual Feedback in SimSketch

Hi everybody, in our experiences with young learners using SimSketch, it became apparent that we need a little more visual feedback in the model. When the models become more and more complex, sometimes it gets difficult to understand why it … Continue reading

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SimSketch gets contagious

Hi everybody, a new version of SimSketch has just been uploaded. Besides a few small bug fixes, this version comes with a new behavior called ‘infection’. This behavior simulation the spreading of a disease, going through the stages ‘healthy’, ‘ill’ … Continue reading

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