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Have You Seen the Newly Redesigned “For Teachers” Page?

For Teachers

We’ve made it easier to learn about how best to use PhET simulations in your instruction. All centrally located now on the “For Teachers” page, you will find a variety of useful information along with a new video: Teachers and Students Speak: An in-depth look at the PhET simulations and their uses in college and K12.

Use the “Tips” button to find videos and written resources on integrating PhET sims. Easily search for teacher-submitted activities including labs, homework assignments, lectures, activities, and concept questions with the “Browse” button. Or, if you’d like to “Share” your activities with the PhET community, learn how to contribute your own materials to our growing database.

Thanks for supporting the PhET Teacher Community.

Wednesday

Oct 29

2014

New Three-Day Activity for Graphing Lines

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Try the latest teaching guides from PhET’s Amanda McGarry for #HTML5 Graphing Lines. These activities can be used as part of a three-day sequence or individually. The lessons are aligned with the CCSS in Mathematics and the Standards of Mathematical Practice and include complete outlines as well as annotated activity sheets.

  • Day 1: Slope allows students to make connections between the slope formula and a graphed line, and to discover how the slope formula works.
  • Day 2: Slope-Intercept has students exploring slope-intercept form of a line as they manipulate either equation or graph.
  • Day 3: Point-Slope has students exploring point-slope form of a line and testing their knowledge of graphing lines with the built-in game.

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Friday

Oct 17

2014

New Three-Day Activity for Learning Fractions

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Try the latest teaching guide for Fractions Intro. Just like the three-day lab for Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only) featured in our blog last week, this three-day activity was also developed between Meaghan Hixson and our PhET Team.

  • Day 1: What is a Fraction?: students explore what makes a fraction by manipulating numerators and denominators. Through discussion and various fraction representations, students learn that numerators are the number of pieces being considered and the denominators are the number of equal pieces in a whole.
  • Day 2: Comparing and Ordering Fractions: students use their knowledge of numerators/denominators from Day 1 to compare and order fractions and come up with rules for discussing the size of fractions.
  • Day 3: Equivalent Fractions: students explore fraction equivalence using the Build a Fraction sim. By using the sim to create various representations of  the same amount, students explore and discuss rules for finding equivalent fractions.

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Monday

Oct 6

2014

Free New Webinar from PhET and the AACT: Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 7 PM EDT

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Teachers, join us for a free webinar with experienced high-school chemistry teacher and PhET K-12 specialist Trish Loeblein.

Sponsored by the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, this webinar will provide a more detailed look into how Trish implements PhET in her classroom, along with tips in how you can in yours.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 7 PM, Eastern Daylight Time
Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/628516250

 

Wednesday

Sep 3

2014

New Three-Day Teaching Activity for Learning About Electricity

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Have you seen our latest teaching guide for Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only)?

Ideal for elementary school students, the three-day lab explores basic electricity relationships. Developed through a collaboration between Meaghan Hixson, 4th-grade teacher at Burlington Elementary, Longmont, CO, and our PhET Team, these activity sheets and lesson plans are engaging for both students and teachers, incorporating frequent student exploration and discussion. The lessons are aligned with NGSS physical science standards and CCSS literacy standards. (Both lesson and activity sheets are annotated to support teacher implementation.)

  • Day 1: Lighting a Bulb explores how electrons flow through a loop from the source (battery) to the receiver (bulb) and the difference between open and closed circuits. What happens when more batteries are used?
  • Day 2: Exploring Kinds of Circuits delves into deeper concepts of circuits, including lighting several bulbs in series or parallel circuits.
  • Day 3: Conductors and Insulators applies what the students have learned and explores what makes an insulator or conductor, looking at commonly found objects from the Grab Bag such as paperclips and pencils.

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Wednesday

Aug 27

2014

See How to Use PhET Simulations with OfficeMix

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Watch our new video in the Featured Gallery section #OfficeMix to learn how to create fun, exciting and interactive lessons using PhET simulations and OfficeMix.

 

Thursday

Jun 12

2014

PhET Offered at the New Microsoft Office Mix App Store


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We’re excited to partner with Microsoft and offer a PhET app for the new #OfficeMix, the easiest way to make online lessons with videos, quizzes, and other interactive elements, now including PhET simulations! See this new exciting software at mix.office.com. Watch a Mix of PhET sims here.

Wednesday

May 14

2014

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

PhETThankaTeacherFrom all of us at PhET Simulations,

A Big Thanks to Our Teachers for Bringing PhET Simulations into Your Classrooms!

And for inspiring us to advance science and math education!

#ThankaTeacher

Thursday

May 8

2014

Thank You University of Colorado College of Arts and Sciences for Your Support

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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.

Wednesday

Apr 30

2014

See Our Latest Video “Using PhET in Lecture: With Clickers”

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Have you  seen our latest video “Using PhET in Lecture: With Clickers”? The video discusses strategies on how you can capture some of the interactivity inherent in PhET simulations by pairing them with clicker questions and peer instruction.

Monday

Apr 7

2014