How I Use It
A great tool for connecting dense, scientific equations to the real-world examples that those equations represent. Variable manipulation is easy, as well as displaying the results through different data inputs. This would serve as a great pre-lab activity to present students with a physical component reflected by the conceptual piece of the selected experiments. It may also increase students' comfort level with future lab activities that incorporate the same apparatus - Xperica HD Pro breaks down the apparatus components with professional-level visual displays and experimental details. Students love the interactivity, but as the step-by-step instructions are a bit clunky, it might be essential for teachers to create their own walkthroughs or lab manuals for each of the virtual simulations. There are numerous teaching moments embedded in each activity, but without appropriate guidance, students may struggle to pull tangible learning targets out of this app on their own. Efficient sharing options make accountability on the student end pretty easy to manage through any email account, though I would love to see the app integrate some form of feedback, tracking, and data analytics to assist in the process of assessing student progress.
This product puts a crisp, interactive virtual science lab in the hands of the students and teachers for demo purposes and inquiry-based activities. With a easy to use interface and barely any learning curve, whole-class, teacher-led activities where students follow guidelines and are asked to make inferences based on the results of tweaking the different variables seems to be the best use of this product. With a beautiful visual display covering a few topics spanning across the physical science spectrum, Xperica HD Pro provides a high-quality alternative to otherwise cost-prohibitive experiments. Teachers will also appreciate the high production value that goes into the creation of this product. However, Xperica HD Pro may not work well as a stand alone learning tool due to the lack of formal, learning-target aligned guidance. Students who struggle with content will most likely find it difficult to glean useful information without an explicit feedback system or exemplar model comparison built-in to the experiment. Hopefully as they expand the number of lab experiment options, they will also more fully develop the capacity of their support structures or direct students to resources (externally or internally) that offer this guidance.