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#ThankaTeacher Week: Thanks to Martin Veillette

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In honor of #ThankaTeacher week, PhET would like to thank Prof. Martin Veillette. Martin comes to us from Berea College where he is an associate professor of physics, teaching courses across the physics curriculum, from astronomy to quantum mechanics. He has been an avid user of PhET simulations as an instructor and this year he has been with us working as a software developer, learning the tools of the trade during his sabbatical leave. During his time at PhET, he partnered with Amanda McGarry to create the brand new #HTML5 sim Least Squares Regression. He also worked on the upcoming #HTML5 Charges and Fields and Pinko Probability.  When he’s not teaching physics, you can see him in “creeking” in the streams of Kentucky. Thanks Martin!

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Monday

May 4

2015

Water Waves, Jump Rope Waves: Explore with Wave on a String

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Use the #HTML5 Wave on a String to learn about wave properties. Watch a string vibrate in slow motion. Wiggle the end of the string and make waves, or adjust the frequency and amplitude of an oscillator. Adjust the damping and tension. The end can be fixed, loose, or open.

Thursday

Apr 30

2015

PhET at the “Oscars of Innovation in Higher Education”

Oscars of Innovation

 

Recently PhET attended the Reimagine Education Conference for “outside-the-box” approaches to higher education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. PhET was honored to share the overall prize with PaGamO from National Taiwan University. Read about other honorees and the conference at http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/glimpse-future-oscars-innovation-higher-education/

Friday

Apr 24

2015

New #HTML5 Molecules and Light

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Try the new #HTML5 Molecules and Light simulation. Do you ever wonder how a greenhouse gas affects the climate, or why the ozone layer is important? Use the sim to explore how light interacts with molecules in our atmosphere.

Monday

Apr 20

2015

Interested in working for PhET?

Interested in working for PhET? Know someone who is? Forward this to math educators and education researchers in your community! And of course, apply if you’re interested! Dr. Karina Hensberry (khensberry@mail.usf.edu) and Amanda McGuarry (amanda.mcgarry@colorado.edu) will be at NCTM Booth #647 and Rm. 153 C (BCEC) Friday, April 17 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Two math education positions—both focusing on teaching and learning pre-algebra and algebra with simulations (grades 6-9)—are open as described below. Application review will be ongoing (disregard any dates in the postings) and continue until filled. Please contact Kathy Perkins at Kathy.Perkins@colorado.edu when you apply.

Post-doctoral research position: https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/75448
K12 Simulation Designer/Specialist: https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/96105

Friday

Apr 10

2015

See PhET at NCTM 2015 April 15-18 in Boston

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See us at our Booth #647 at the exhibit hall. And, on Friday, learn about how to use PhET Sims in your math classes with Karina Hansberry and Amanda McGarry.

Practical Strategies for Teaching with Interactive Computer Simulations
Friday, April 17, 2015: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
153 C (BCEC)
You can use interactive simulations (sims) to engage your students with math content and support their development of the CCSS mathematical practices. Learn practical strategies for integrating sims into your teaching and designing sim-based activities. Videos of teacher practices for effective sim use and lesson plans will be shared.

Thursday

Apr 9

2015

New HTML5 Simulations: Molecule Shapes and Molecule Shapes: Basics

Molecule Shapes

Now both Molecule Shapes and Molecule Shapes: Basics are available in HTML5. Explore molecule shapes by building molecules now with your fingers! Learn how molecule shapes change and what affects them.

Monday

Apr 6

2015

New #HTML5 Least-Squares Regression Simulation

Least-Squares Regression

In the new #HTML5 Least-Squares Regression simulation, students can flexibly explore ideas related to correlation, best-fit lines, residuals, and outliers. Build a data set or use real-world data to discover the meaning of a correlation coefficient and determine when a linear fit is reasonable.

Least-Squares Regression is appropriate for any grade level that is studying scatter plots, best-fit lines, regression, or correlation, and is specifically aligned with Common Core State Standards in high-school mathematics.

Tuesday

Mar 31

2015

Learn How to Guide Exploration with PhET Sims

Facilitating Acivities

Now at our For Teachers site, we’ve added tips on how to productively guide a student’s exploration with PhET Sims. See the latest video Facilitating Activities with PhET: An Overview, and download support materials including:

Effective Facilitation of Activities in Elementary and Middle School. A detailed overview of facilitation strategies to help students work effectively on activities using PhET simulations.

PhET’s Reflection Rubric. A rubric for teachers to reflect on the success of an activity using PhET simulations in K12.

Tuesday

Mar 24

2015

PhET Downtime: Friday, March 20, 2015 10 PM to Saturday, March 21 8 AM

PhET (http://phet.colorado.edu) will be unavailable from Friday, March 20 at 10:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time until Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time due to necessary maintenance performed by the University of Colorado Office of Information Technology.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Tuesday

Mar 17

2015