Curriculum integration of virtual reality simulations

Use of modern technology is crucial for science education, where educational research has repeatedly revealed that traditional methods of teaching science are largely ineffective in improving students' understanding of the scientific laws and concepts. It is not a secret that technological tools can provide a venue for rich investigations, providing both access to data and powerful analytical tools. However, in spite of many initiatives and significant capital expenditure, recent research prototypes and commercial products in science education led, with only a few exemptions, to a number of out-of-curriculum, isolated computer programs. This brings logistical difficulties of integrating such activities into the curriculum, and many problems and practical dilemmas remain. Therefore, the design of effective educational tools and methods of instruction to facilitate students' conceptual and metaconceptual understanding of science as well as to promoting collaborative scientific inquiries is of vital importance.

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