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Thank you University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences for your generous support of our Crowdfunding Campaign for our “Teach with PhET” site. Their gift of $20K helps build the new “Teach with PhET” site which will provide teachers – in neighborhood schools around the world – with the resources, guidelines and community needed to effectively utilize our simulations.
Every donation helps with our goal of $500,000 (or ~20,000 people giving ~$25 each). Your donation of $25 will help build the home page or the community pages!
Add your “two-cents” at http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet.
We’ve added Acid-Base Solutions to our collection of HTML5 simulations. Thank you Royal Society of Chemistry for your generous donation that supported the development of this simulation. See these simulations at PhET’s site and at LearnChemistry.
How do strong and weak acids differ? Use lab tools on your computer to find out! Dip the paper or the probe into solution to measure the pH, or put in the electrodes to measure the conductivity. Then see how concentration and strength affect pH. Can a weak acid solution have the same pH as a strong acid solution?
Next week, PhET Director Kathy Perkins will be attending The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s OER Grantees Meeting hosted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education. At this meeting, the OER community will explore the value proposition of OER and discuss the impact. By sharing our work with others in the OER community, we hope to advance STEM worldwide!
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
Thank 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!
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.
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?