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  Feature Name: Time-travel machine animation
Author: Editorial Board

Category: Visualization Tools (pre-designed): Visual Explanations (2D+3D)

Subject: Physical sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

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Software URL: WISE, project

Created by: Project created by Jennie Chiu using Molecular Workbench

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This Feature is connected to (2) Principles
  • Provide dynamic visual aids for the perception of 3D phenomena
  • Reduce visual complexity to help learners recognize salient information
    Feature in Visual Map
    The time-travel machine animation enables students to travel back in time while collecting data concerning the number of CO2 molecules that were in the air in different eras. Students count and document the number of CO2 molecules in the air on their journey back in time.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    This feature puts students in an active mode to engage them in meaningful learning. The active counting role that students play helps keep them focused and aware of what is happenning on the screen.
    Context of Use:
    This feature is part of a WISE project called CSI - Chemistry Scene Investigators: Balancing Equations & Greenhouse Gases (ID: 16096). The project uses the Molecular Workbench models.
    Field-based Evidence:
    Evidence about how this feature was accepted in class runs will be uploaded soon.

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    Encouraging students to play an active role while watching an animation by having them count molecules