Principles and tools of designing effective e-simulators for primary school students




e-simulators, primary education, study skills, educational technology, instructional design, teacher training, interactive learning, student engagement, digital learning tools, teaching aids


This paper examines the use of e-simulators as an effective tool for developing study skills in young learners in primary school. The advantages of e-simulators are discussed, including providing variable and unique tasks, immediate assessment, adjustable difficulty, and elements of competition and gaming. The paper outlines fundamental principles for designing effective educational e-simulators, such as generating interest, providing visual appeal and positive emotional background, encouraging critical thinking, allowing learner control, utilising personal devices, providing assistance and verifying results. Examples of e-simulators created by teachers-in-training using standard software tools like Microsoft Office and specialised design environments are provided. The capabilities of well-designed e-simulators can help ensure successful knowledge and skill acquisition by primary school students. Teachers can use the design principles and tools discussed to create customised e-simulators tailored to the needs of their students and lessons.


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Olefirenko, N.V., Andriievska, V.M., Ponomarova, N.O., Gulich, O.O. and Ostapenko, L.P., 2024. Principles and tools of designing effective e-simulators for primary school students. Educational Dimension [Online], 10, pp.42–65. Available from: [Accessed 22 July 2024].
Received 2023-10-08
Accepted 2024-06-15
Published 2024-06-15

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