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  Feature Name: Electronic Glossary: e-glossary
 
Author: Tamar, Yaakov, Yael, Suki

Category: Other

Subject: Earth sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

Audience:
 Elementary School
 Middle School
 High School
 Higher Education
 Teachers & Principals
 Other


Projects:

Software URL: WISE: Global Climate Change: Who's to Blame?

Created by: Keisha Varma

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This Feature is connected to (1) Principles
  • Scaffold the process of generating explanations
     
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    Description:
    This feature is a context based electronic glossary that helps students understand the definitions of some important words while they are working on the project. To use the feature, the student simply rolls the cursor over any colored word and after a brief pause a pop-up definition will appear.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    The idea behind the feature is to provide just in time scaffolding for the meanings of terms. This user friendly tool scaffolds learners as they need definitions, verifications or explanations about a scientific concept or term.
    Context of Use:
    This feature is part of a TELS project Global Climate Change: Who's to Blame? (#12700)
    Field-based Evidence:
    Students used this feature regularly to define new vocabulary terms. Teachers were pleased to see them use the new terms in their science journals used in the classroom.

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