Technology is now becoming an even more useful tool for teachers and students. Online labs offer schools and teachers convenience and savings, reducing the time and the expense that purchasing, maintaining, and preparing lab materials requires. In elementary classrooms, students begin learning that they can apply technology for their own education, as well as for fun and entertainment. This is where virtual science labs fit in. Elementary labs use cartoons, bright colors, music, and animation to engage and develop the scientific inquiry mind-set of asking questions, using models, interpreting data and conveying a conclusion, and analyzing a solution.
By middle and high school, online labs are increasing in depth and technicality. Textbook companies have jumped into this style of education as well, by offering a wide range of animations to illustrate key topics in each chapter. Many high-quality simulations and virtual science labs can be found online