I have been exploring the benefits of virtual classrooms, games, and simulations in a learning technologies graduate class. Anyone have experience with these technologies at the high school level?
I teach high school chemistry and have used a virtual chemistry lab for 2-3 experiments per year for the last four years. There are set labs that students can work on from a lab manual or they can experiment freely in a either an organic or inorganic lab with access to a stock room. It's a neat application and very interactive to the point that it let's students "smell" when they're making observations, something that would be missing from a virtual experience.
What are your thoughts on virtual dissections? Any biology teachers out there using them successfully?