What Is RILE



Field Studies

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ultiple field studies have been performed using the RILE Systems in both middle (6-8) and high (9-12) schools. In both demonstrations, our resident physics, Chandra Prayaga, taught the class using the RILE System, and used pre/post tests to determine the effectiveness of the teaching tool. Our pilot studies showed that students were highly engaged in the learning activity on displacement, acceleration, and velocity as evidenced by the questions that were asked. Both boys and girls were interested in constructing and driving the robots along with documenting and analyzing the results they obtained. Also, students demonstrated deeper learning as shown by their comprehension of the behavior of graphs and written interpretations of the graphs. For example, when the professor drew a graph on the board that had time going backwards, the students quickly interpreted the graph and pointed out that the graph represented that the robot behavior depicted in the graph was incorrect because the time was going backwards and time travel is not possible. For more information on current RILE Labs, check out RILE In Real Life.

Teacher Control

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he teachers using the RILE system will have complete control over the entire curriculum. They can decide whether or not they wish to use RILE simply as a teaching aid along side their own curriculum or use the RILE curriculum as their own, either way teachers have complete control over RILE system. For instance, a Module/Chapter/Topic/Activity will only be accessible to the student only when the teacher assigns it and gives the students access. Even within each activity the teacher is able to control which facilities are available to students. For example, once the data is obtained from a robot, the data table is visible on the student computer, and an automated data graphing facility becomes available; however, if the teacher wants the students to graph the data manually, the teacher can disable the auto-graphing facility.