Some of the best learning experiences take place when students work collaboratively in pairs or small groups. A half set of computers allows students to work together with Tuva. Here are some suggestions for how Tuva can be implemented:
- Begin a class by having students discuss a data set with a partner. This will help elicit prior knowledge and questions to guide the learning experience
- Have half of the class work through a Tuva lesson while you use one of your traditional practices with the other half. Switch part way through the class. In doing so, you will allow for more interactions between you and each of your students
- Use Tuva as a station during class
- Extend the learning experience with a data set. Tuva is a great tool to have on hand for students who finish an activity with time remaining in the class.
- Use Tuva with lab and/or inquiry activities. Tuva can help spark questions for student inquiry or be used as a resource to guide the inquiry. The program can also be used for students to quickly and easily upload, graph, and analyze their results
- Tuva lessons and data sets are a great way to spark class discussions. Have students analyze a data set with a partner. They can then compare their findings and positions with another pair of students before finally having a large group discussion. There are some great discourse strategies that can be used to foster student participation at each level of discussion