Essay On Virtual Science Classroom

Sequence of NGSS WISE unitsJan 19, 2018

6th grade teachers are gathering to decide a sequence of WISE units to use for teaching the full NGSS disciplinary standards for the year. Korah Wiley, graduate student, is working with the teachers to customize units to strengthen the links across topics.

New ModelsJan 8, 2018

Two teachers are using a new model and dynamic graph to help students design an optimal insulator for hot and cold drinks. Check out the new model and graph!

Automated GuidanceJan 4, 2018

One of our teachers customized the automated guidance and teacher alerts based on student essays in the Plate Tectonics unit to identify and personalize guidance for all her students. Students made extraordinary improvements on their essays using the combination of teacher and computer guidance!

New RubricsNov 1, 2017

Rubrics including student work examples for automatically scored embedded assessments are now accessible when you preview a project. Try it out in the Thermo Challenge!

2017 WISE Researcher WorkshopAug 3, 2017

Researchers met for our annual researchers workshop in UC Berkeley from July 31-August 3. We shared our research findings and brainstormed future directions. The technology team gave a great demo introducing a lot of new WISE features.

2017 WISE Teacher WorkshopJun 24, 2017

We will be hosting our annual WISE teacher workshop at UC Berkeley from June 26-28. Teachers will share their experiences running WISE projects during this past year.

WISE in another languageMar 17, 2017

Want to use WISE in another language? Contact us and help us translate WISE using our online form!

WISE 5.0 Released!Mar 14, 2016

A brand-new version of WISE has been released! See this post to learn more. If you are a developer or a designer, come join our open-source project!

WISE URL changesNov 9, 2015

We're making changes to the URL of some pages in WISE so that they are shorter and easier to remember. Please click here for details.

2015 NSF Video ShowcaseMay 11, 2015

Check out and vote for our video on automated guidance as part of the 2015 National Science Foundation Video Showcase here!

New Article on WISEJan 28, 2015

WISE researchers recently published an article on WISE teachers customizing units. You can read it here. Please feel free to post your feedback on the discussion forum.

New Grading ToolJan 13, 2015

We have added a new and greatly improved grading tool to WISE. You will find a link to it for each project run you have created. We will continue to work on it and would appreciate any feedback you could provide to help us make it better.

WISE in SpanishFeb 14, 2013

WISE is collaborating with a group in Argentina to create versions of all our activities in Spanish. Check out the Detergents project in Spanish!

WISE included in STEMworks DatabaseAug 17, 2012

WISE has been chosen as an example program that "deepen(s) young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics" after a rigorous review by WestEd and the non-profit Change the Equation (CTEq) initiative and has been included in the STEMworks database.

WISE Book ReviewAug 17, 2012

Science Learning and Instruction (by WISE Director Marcia Linn & Bat-Sheva Eylon) has been reviewed in the journal Research & Practice in Assessment.

WISE research highlighted by NSTAJun 27, 2012

Research by Kevin McElhaney and WISE director Marcia Linn identified by the National Science Teachers Association's Connections feature as suggested summer reading of current research in science education.

WISE featured in Magazine of the Teachers College, Columbia UniversityJun 27, 2012

Pushing the Right Buttons, by Joe Levine, highlights how WISE tools help teachers understand the needs of individual students and support students to iteratively refine and develop scientific understanding.

June 2012 workshopJun 27, 2012

The LOOPS/CLEAR/CLASS workshop is officially in session! This year's theme is feedback: What makes useful feedback? How can we provide better feedback? How can we design technology supports for using feedback more efficiently and effectively in the classroom? See the workshop website for more details:

WISE4.5 is released!May 14, 2012

A stable release of WISE v4.5 is now available for download from Among other goodies, there are tools for autoscoring and feedback, an easier authoring interface, and new customizable features in the Idea Manager tool. See the WISE4-Discuss Google Group for details! Click Here

New MItosis ProjectJun 27, 2012

The "Mitosis and Cell Processes Project, one of our most popular, has been completely updated. You will find it titled "What makes a good cancer medicine?: Observing mitosis and cell processes" in our Library.

AERA 2012Mar 19, 2012

We're getting ready for AERA in Vancouver, BC! New research presented April 13-17 by Marcia Linn, David Miller, Kelly Ryoo, and Hillary Swanson. Check us out on the AERA program!

WISE Server DowntimeFeb 6, 2012

The WISE server will be down for maintenance on Sunday February 12th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. WE are sorry for any inconvenience.

New Design!Aug 10, 2011

We're excited to unveil our new design for WISE! Tell us what you think. We're still ironing out the bugs, so if you find any problems, let us know.

New WISE Projects!Aug 10, 2011

Great new projects have been added to our Library: "How Can Detergents be Used to Clean Oil Spills?" and "How Can We Recycle Old Tires?" for high school chemistry classes and "Investigating Planetary Motion and Seasons" for use in high school earth science or general science classes.

New Book PublishedApr 30, 2011

Linn & Eylon (2011). Science Learning and Instruction: Taking Advantage of Technology to Promote Knowledge Integration.

New Review PaperAug 8, 2011

Gerard, Varma, Corliss, & Linn (in press). "Professional development in technology-enhanced inquiry science." Available online.

Blueprint for Great SchoolsAug 9, 2011

CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson calls for connecting children to the online world in the classroom and at home. See for more details.

WISE4 Now AvailableAug 26, 2010

We are pleased to announce that our new learning environment WISE4 is now available in open beta format. WISE4 does require creating a new account. There continues to be no cost or commitment to joining. We will be continuing to add new projects over the next few months. Let us know what you think.

WISE 4.0 ProgressDec 1, 2009

We are currently in beta testing with our partner schools. We are looking forward to full release in the fall of 2010. Keep checking in for updates.

A virtual classroom is an online learning environment.  The environment can be web-based and accessed through a portal or software-based and require a downloadable executable file. 

Just like in a real-world classroom, a student in a virtual classroom participates in synchronous instruction, which means that the teacher and students are logged into the virtual learning environment at the same time.

Many schools and businesses have rolled out virtual classrooms to provide synchonrous distance education. Virtual classroom software applications often employ multiple synchronous technologies, such as web conferencing, video conferencing, livestreaming, and web-based VoIP to provide remote students with the ability to collaborate in real time. To enhance the educational process, applications may also provide students with asynchronous communication tools, such as message boards and chat capabilities

Learn more about virtual classrooms

WizIQ offers free virtual classroom software.

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