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  • “Probeware refers to educational applications of probes, interfaces, and software used for real-time data acquisition, display, and analysis with a computer or calculator. Probeware is also known as Microcomputer Based Lab, or MBL. By connecting probes to a computer running suitable software, students can observe data displayed in a variety of formats as it is being collected.” (Probeware, retrieved 22:21, 21 July 2006 (MEST))

See also: microworlds, simulation, virtual laboratory (since in principle probeware can be connected to such systems).



  • Robert Tinker, A History of Probeware, PDF
  • Schultz, S. (2003). Promoting Powerful Teaching and Students' Learning in Science using Probeware. In Kommers, P., & Richards, G. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2003 (pp. 1849-1851). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Abstract/PDF
  • Shari J. Metcalf, Robert F. Tinker, Probeware and Handhelds in Elementary and Middle School Science, Journal of Science Education and Technology, Volume 13, Issue 1, Mar 2004, Pages 43 - 49, DOI 10.1023/B:JOST.0000019637.22473.02, URL HTML