Physicalization in education

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Physicalization, also called physical visualization has interesting potential in education. We may distinguish two main lines of interest:

  • to demonstrate a principle or emphasize structure in data
  • to have students create visualizations so that they engage in learning processes.

We can distinguish several technical types of visualizations

  • Fixed passive models, e.g. a molecule or a solar system or an artistic representation of data
  • Dynamic models (mechanical or electronic)
  • Token-based models (e.g. assembled Lego pieces)