Category Archives: biology

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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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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SimSketch updated

Hi everybody, SimSketch has just been updated: A few bugs have been fixed, the UI has been made easier for pen-based input and a new example has been added to the menu. Go trying!

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SimSketch 2.0 (not beta anymore!)

Hey everybody, I’m proud to announce that SimSketch 2.0 is not longer ‘beta’ anymore! The webstart link now starts the new version, along with a new example that presents a variant of the famous ‘Game of Life’: Specify conditions for … Continue reading

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SimSketch: our first modelling game!

A new version of SimSketch has been uploaded, and as usual it can be started via Java webstart here. In this version, we are publishing a first version of SimSketch-game. You can find and start it in the “examples”-menu. In … Continue reading

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SimSketch: new version, new features

A new version of SimSketch has been uploaded and can be started via webstart here. It includes new features for mating (reproduce with same type), “killing” (removing objects of certain types) and randomwalk (in two dimensions, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_walk). These features … Continue reading

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Technology enhanced collaborative drawing

Learning by observing graphical representations increases students’ understanding of the material. When learners draw their own representations of scientific phenomena (like photosynthesis) themselves they are stimulated even more┬áto identify and link key concepts and processes. Drawing also has the potential … Continue reading

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SimSketch webstart online!

A few minutes ago, I put a first “webstartable” version of SimSketch online, which means playing around with it is just one click away! To get a first impression, start the tool by clicking here, choose one of the examples … Continue reading

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Model drawing in promotional video

In this video made for promotion of the psychology track at the University of Twente, I tell about the model drawing work we are doing. In the video I demo the planetarium and you see kids working on a water … Continue reading

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Flocking birds in SimSketch

The video shows another example of a model created in SimSketch, the same software that has been used in the previous post about the planetarium. The new example show flocking birds; the model is simply created by drawing some birds … Continue reading

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