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Why System Dynamics?
Author(s): Richard Turnock Subject: Why K12 SD
  From an online blog, this article presents clearly and concisely that the public school paradigms of "what" and "how" lack the "why." System Dynamics enables us to understand WHY systems work the way they do in order to prepare for the future.
 
Visual Tools for Student Projects: Communicating Critical Thinking
Author(s): Creative Learning Exchange Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This booklet is designed to help teachers and students create and complete all kinds of projects (in science and other curricula) which clearly show and explain the critical thinking incorporated within the project.
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Systems Tools to Enhance Literacy
Author(s): Lees Stuntz Subject: English
  Examples of readily availablle curricula using systems tools in literacy are highlighted in this short article. These, among many, are available for free download on the CLE website.
 
Succession from Sand Dune to Maritime Forest on a Barrier Island
Author(s): Aili Carlson, & Sarah Clemmitt Subject: Science
  From the Maryland Virtual High School. By building a computer model of a complex dynamic system--the succession form sand dune to maritime forest on a barrier island--the student develops an understanding of the relationships among many contributing varia
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Steps to Downloading Road Maps from the Internet (D-4662)
Author(s): Stephanie Albin, & Nan Lux Subject: Road Maps
  From SDEP. Explains how to download Road Maps from the sysdyn.mit.edu website as well as how to download the Acrobat Reader software necessary for viewing/printing Road Maps and the other CLE documents.
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Some Basic Concepts in System Dynamics (D-4894)
Author(s): Jay W. Forrester Subject: System Dynamics
  In its full development, system dynamics is a discipline with the scope of science, education, law, engineering, or medicine. On the other hand, it is becoming clear that teachers in ordinary K-12 schools can make enough progress in two or three years to
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Oscillations: Characteristics of Complex Systems in K-12 Education Project
Author(s): Jennifer Andersen, Anne LaVigne, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Led by a partnership between MIT Professor Emeritus Jay W. Forrester and the Creative Learning Exchange, the goal of the Characteristics of Complex Systems Project is to create online curricula for ages five and above that will illustrate the characteristics of complex systems. In exploring the nature of complex social systems, the curricula address questions such as – why do such systems resist policy changes? Why are short-term and long-term responses to corrective action often at odds with each other? How can leverage points be applied to bring about desirable change in social systems? The goals of the project are grounded in the belief that an abstract level of understanding of social systems will help prepare future citizens to actively shape their society. The lessons and simulations are based upon the fourth characteristic of complex systems: the cause of the problem is within the system.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Oscillations 5A All Together Now: Predator, Prey, and Plants
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This lesson allows students to explore the interactions of two animal populations (wolves and moose) and plants within an ecosystem. The populations and the plants rise and fall (oscillate) over time as they interact and impact one another.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_BiomassA.asp
Oscillations 4C Waves of Change: Predator and Prey Dynamics
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  The predator/prey model explores a moose and wolf population living on a small island. Students can change various components of a predator/prey model, including birth factor, lifespan, and habitat area. The default simulation behavior is oscillation of both prey and predator populations, in which the state of each population impacts the state of the other over time.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
  PDF

Link to the simulation: change.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_PredPreyC.asp
Oscillations 4B Wild Things: Interacting Populations
Author(s): Anne LaVigne, Jennifer Andersen, & in collaboration with the CLE Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This lessons allows students to explore the interactions of predator and prey within an ecosystem and create a map showing connections between predator and prey populations, to compare results for simulation runs.

Complex Systems Connection: Cause within System. Five interdisciplinary areas are covered in a series of lessons, utilizing a family of models that all generate oscillation. Oscillation in real-world systems is often considered problematic rather than a consequence of system structure. This progression of lessons will help students understand that undesirable behavior can be a consequence of system structure and not a result of outside, uncontrollable influences. In other words, a system that oscillates does so because it has an inherent tendency to do so.
  PDF

Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/complexsystems/oscillation/Oscillation_PredPreyB.asp
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