Helping teachers and students use advanced technology in teaching high school science: A preliminary feasibility study of the use of a WWW-controlled atomic force microscope in high school science
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AbstractThis exploratory study investigated the use of an Internetcontrolled nanoManipulator and atomic force microscope to allowstudents to explore properties of viruses. The activity was embedded ina week long learning experience in which students interacted withscientists. The study demonstrated the technical feasibility of using suchadvanced equipment in classrooms. It also demonstrated that studentsgained in the understanding of the structure and functioning of virusesand changed their conception of scientists as people and science as anactivity. A majority of the students were excited about the activity.