SimSnap: Supporting Collaborative Learning through Reconfigurable Simulations

Aneesh P. Tarun, Veronica Andric, Lesi Yang, Tudor Tibu, Luigi Zaccagnini, Litong Zheng, Shafagh Hadinezhad, Xuesong Cang, William Goss, Samantha Baker, Dana Gnesdilow, Sadhana Puntambekar, Mike Tissenbaum, Ali Mazalek

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SimSnap responds to the need for a technology-based tool that supports learning at three social planes-individual, small group, and whole-class-while being easy to deploy with minimal technology overhead costs during their uptake. While much research has examined the efficacy of large-scale collaborative systems and individual-oriented learning systems, the intersection of and the movement between the three social planes is under explored. SimSnap is a cross-device, tablet-based platform that facilitates learning science concepts for middle school students through interactive simulations. Students in physical proximity can 'snap' their devices together to collaborate on learning activities. SimSnap enables real-time transition between individual and group activities in a classroom by offering reconfigurable simulations. SimSnap also provides an environment where open-ended and task-specific learning trajectories can be explored to maximize students' learning potential. In this iteration of SimSnap, we have designed and implemented our first curriculum on SimSnap, focusing on plant biology, ecosystems, and genetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All
Subtitle of host publicationOverarching Research, Development, and Practices - 15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2022
EditorsArmin Weinberger, Wenli Chen, Davinia Hernandez-Leo, Bodong Chen
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330646
StatePublished - 2022
Event15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2022 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: Jun 6 2022Jun 10 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
ISSN (Print)1814-9316


Conference15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2022
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education


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