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Learn How to Design Student Activity Worksheets

DesigningActivityVideo

Our latest video highlights how to design student activity worksheets for in-class use of the PhET simulations. The simulations are created to guide students in inquiry-based exploration of scientific phenomena, and so are most effective when students use them in a hands-on setting. What questions can you ask students to help them achieve the learning goals that you have set for them, and to enable them to make their own discoveries? Watch this video for tips and recommendations from other teachers, and the PhET research team.

And, if you’d like to see more tips from PhET, help our “Teach with PhET” Campaign at: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet

Thursday

Mar 13

2014

PhET in Kazakhstan! Thank You Bilim Media Group

6A682C04-D1AF-461F-AB7C-2D7D3A56AD4BThank you Bilim Media Group and Effective Communication Strategies for your support of PhET. They are helping to put PhET simulations into the hands of Kazakhstan students. And with their generous donation to our HTML5 fund, they are helping to bring more tablet simulations to everyone!

 

Monday

Mar 3

2014

Have You Seen the Plans for the “Teach with PhET” Site?

Teach with PhET Protoypte

 

Have you tried our prototype of the “Teach with PhET” site?

“Teach with PhET” will provide teachers – in neighborhood schools around the world – with the resources, guidelines and community needed to effectively utilize our simulations. See the screen designs and features that we hope to include.

Monday

Feb 24

2014

How Do You Use PhET?

During our survey, we asked out teachers how they used PhET. One of the comments was:

“PhET allows me to individualize the pace for my students since they can complete the simulations at their own pace and on any computer, at school, the library, or even at home. The simulations also allow me to address different learning styles, particularly visual and kinesthetic modalities, which can be challenging to accommodate in the science classroom. I feel like the PhET simulations and the accompanying activities make me a more effective and responsive teacher.”

How do you use PhET?

Tuesday

Feb 11

2014

And the Survey Says…

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Did you know that from a teacher survey of over 2,000 teachers in the US, 63% said that PhET simulations made their teaching more effective and 23% said much more effective.

PhET wants to create a website just for teachers where teachers can organize simulations and activities, and build a community where we can learn from each other.

Interested in helping build this forum? Donate now at:

http://www.crowdrise.com/HelpBuildTeachwithPhET/fundraiser/phetsims

Thursday

Jan 30

2014

Thanks to Everyone Who Donated on Crowdrise!

Thank you everyone who supported our crowd funding campaigns.

We are making progress with now 16% raised towards our “Help Build Table Science Simulations: PhET’s HTML5 Circuit Construction Kit” and at almost $6,000 towards “Help Build ‘Teach with PhET’ Teacher Support Site”.

If you haven’t already donated or if you know teachers, parents, or educators who would like to help, please spread the word and donate today!

Thanks again.

Friday

Jan 24

2014

Important update on PhET’s ‘Offline Website Installer’ package

Here’s an important update from our team regarding the ‘Offline Website Installer':

Dear PhET Users,

If you have previously downloaded the PhET’s ‘Offline Website Installer’ from our web site and installed a full copy of the PhET website on your computer, we have some important information for you.  If you haven’t, please disregard this message.

Due to some recent changes to Oracle’s Java security model (update released January 14), you may encounter problems running our simulations from your local installation if and when you update your Java version.  If you run into such problems, or wish to avoid them, please download the latest update of PhET’s installer from our web site.  You can find the appropriate installer for your environment here: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/get-phet/full-install.  Please note that this affects only the full installation, and not individually downloaded simulations.

If you encounter any problems with this, please feel free to contact us at phethelp@colorado.edu.  And, as always, thanks for being a PhET user.

Best Regards,
The PhET Team

Tuesday

Jan 21

2014

There’s Still Time to Become a PhET Supporter!

A big ‘Thank You!’ to all of you who have already contributed to PhET during our crowdfunding campaigns so far!

If you have considered a donation, but haven’t gotten to it yet, there’s still time!

It takes a village – our village of PhET users and supporters – to bring high-quality science and math simulations to learners around the world. Won’t you join PhET and become a supporter today? Every donation – from $10 donations to larger gifts – helps to fund our efforts, and is much appreciated!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Choose one or support both!

Build the “Teach with PhET” website:
Help us build the “Teach with PhET” website that will support teachers in your neighborhood and around the world…making it easier to use PhET sims.
Goal: $500,000 (or ~20,000 people giving ~$25 each)
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet

Bring Circuit Construction Kit to the iPad:
Help us publish the next-generation of one of our most popular simulations (used over 1 million times a year!), the Circuit Construction Kit DC. Your support will move this simulation to iPad and tablet compatibility using the latest HTML5 software technology.
Goal: $50,000 (or ~2,000 people giving ~$25 each).
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/PhETHTML5CCKSimulation

 

 

 

Monday

Dec 30

2013

Happy Holidays from the PhET Team

PhET Team Photo

It’s the holiday season and end of the year is approaching fast. As you’re going about your holiday shopping, you are probably also thinking about gift contributions before 2013 ends.

Please include PhET in your end-of-the-year gift contributions and give the gift of science and math to children around the world through one of our  crowdfunding campaigns. Any amount helps — minimum donation is $10. Choose one or support both!

Build the “Teach with PhET” website:
Help us build the “Teach with PhET” website that will support teachers in your neighborhood and around the world…making it easier to use PhET sims.
Goal: $500,000 (or ~20,000 people giving ~$25 each)
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet

Bring Circuit Construction Kit to the iPad:
Help us publish the next-generation of one of our most popular simulations (used over 1 million times a year!), the Circuit Construction Kit DC. Your support will move this simulation to iPad and tablet compatibility using the latest HTML5 software technology.
Goal: $50,000 (or ~2,000 people giving ~$25 each).
Link: http://www.crowdrise.com/PhETHTML5CCKSimulation

Monday

Dec 23

2013

December Newsletter: More Info on the “Teach with PhET” Site


Screenshot of the December 2013 PhET newsletter

Have you received our December 2013 newsletter?

Learn more about the new “Teach with PhET” site, see our new logo and see more on our HTML5 simulations.

Don’t forget PhET this holiday season. Donate to PhET’s Crowdfunding Campaigns:


Friday

Dec 20

2013