National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Illinois, United States Of America, 18 - 21 April 2023, pp.1-5
Virtual platforms such as virtual reality, artificial reality and virtual museums are one of these cutting-edge, rapidly evolving technologies. Recent research has shown that virtual environments are an effective and straightforward approach to teach science to students of all ages. They provide an environment for activities that can be carried out anywhere without the need for any material other than mobile devices, allowing students to acquire the notion of science. The aim of this study is to examine the views of student teachers’ views about integrating virtual platforms into science teaching before and after developing a virtual out-of-school learning lesson plan and implementing it in a middle school science lesson. The results of this study suggest that although student teachers believe that using virtual out-of-school learning activities to teach science is innovative and beneficial, only a few STs were considering using virtual platforms since they believe it is time-consuming and it is more difficult to find a VOOSL activity than real OOSL activities. When they implemented their virtual lesson plans with middle school students, they changed their views on using virtual platforms in science lessons.