BeeSign is a computer simulation designed to help young students observe the behavior of honeybees as they collect nectar and experiment with the result of changing either the behavior of the bees or the environment in which the hive is located. As a research project, BeeSign was designed to help early elementary students (grades k-2) explore complex systems concepts in intuitive ways.


For more information, see: http://www.joshuadanish.com/beesign
Selected publications:
  1. Danish, J. A., Saleh, A., Andrade, A., & Bryan, B. (2017). Observing complex systems thinking in the zone of proximal development. Instructional Science, 1–20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11251-016-9391-z
  2. Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Saleh, A., & Lee, C. (2016). Designing for Activity. In V. Svihla & R. Reeve (Eds.), Design as Scholarship: Case Studies from the Learning Sciences (p. 26). Routledge.
  3. Danish, J. A. (2014). Applying an Activity Theory Lens to Designing Instruction for Learning About the Structure, Behavior, and Function of a Honeybee System. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 23(2), 1–49. Danish-2014-Applying an Activity (AUTHOR COPY).pdf https://doi.org/10.1080/10508406.2013.856793
  4. Peppler, K., Danish, J. A., & Phelps, D. (2013). Collaborative Gaming: Teaching Children About Complex Systems and Collective Behavior. Simulation & Gaming. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1046878113501462
  5. Danish, J. A. (2013). Designing for Technology Enhanced Activity to Support Learning. The Journal of Emerging Learning Design, (1). http://eldj.montclair.edu/2013/04/19/designing-for-technology-enhanced-activity-to-support-learning/
  6. Danish, J. A., Peppler, K., Phelps, D., & Washington, D. A. (2011). Life in the Hive: Supporting Inquiry into Complexity Within the Zone of Proximal Development. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 20(5), 454–467. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9313-4
  7. Danish, J. A., & Phelps, D. (2010). Representational Practices by The Numbers: How Kindergarten and First-Grade Students Create, Evaluate, and Modify Their Science Representations. International Journal of Science Education, 33(15), 2069–2094. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2010.525798
  8. Danish, J. A., Peppler, K., & Phelps, D. (2010). BeeSign: Designing to Support Mediated Group Inquiry of Complex Science by Early Elementary Students. In 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 182–185). ACM.