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Studying Concentration? Try the Beer’s Law Lab.

Beer's Law

Have you tried PhET’s HTML5 version of Beer’s Law Lab?

“The thicker the glass, the darker the brew, the less the light that passes through.” Make colorful concentrated and dilute solutions and explore how much light they absorb and transmit using a virtual spectrophotometer!

And don’t forget our Teacher Activities, including a pre-lab warm up at: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3661

Friday

Mar 7

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…

Trish

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

Want to Join the PhET Team?

We are searching for qualified candidates who are interested in joining the PhET team as a full- or part-time Professional Research Assistant.

With our current emphasis on building and studying simulations for middle school math and science, advancing our teacher professional development resources and support system, branching into tablet and touch-compatible simulation design, and advancing the use of simulations in undergraduate chemistry, responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

1) Redesigning existing simulations, incorporating new findings on effective sim design and adapting designs for use on touch-devices. (Software programming is NOT required. PhET has a team of in-house software developers).
2) Designing new simulations
3) Supporting simulation design, development, and research efforts – e.g. analyzing data, supporting classroom research studies, searching for web resources, etc.
5) Helping to liaison to and support the K12 community.

For more information and specific qualifications, see the online posting at:

https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/72825

Please consider applying! And, share this information with your colleagues who might be interested.

Thanks!

Thursday

Oct 31

2013

Try the HTML5 Beer’s Law Lab

HTML5BeersLaw

Have you tried PhET’s HTML5 version of Beer’s Law Lab?

“The thicker the glass, the darker the brew, the less the light that passes through.” Make colorful concentrated and dilute solutions and explore how much light they absorb and transmit using a virtual spectrophotometer!

Don’t forget to visit the Java version to find the activities and description. And, to our US PhET users, have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Friday

Aug 30

2013

Examples of PhET in HS Physics Courses


Fluid Pressure and Flow

Teaching HS physics?

Here’s a guide to PhET simulations and activities for high-school level courses. In the guide, you’ll find example simulations, activities and demos for Mechanics (e.g., Moving Man, Energy Skate Park, and Masses and Springs) and Electricity & Magnetism (e.g., Waves on a String, Electric Field Hockey, and Circuit Construction Kit).

Wishing everyone a great 2013-2014 year. And, look for new HTML5 next-gen sims coming out soon!

Wednesday

Aug 14

2013

Teaching Chemistry this Fall? Don’t Forget Our Chemistry Sim Alignment Guide

Chemistry-Sim-Curriculum-Alignment

To help you find the best simulation for teaching a specific topic in chemistry, don’t forget to use our preliminary guide that gives you a line up of specific simulations (and supplemental simulations) for topic areas in the general chemistry curriculum.

Thursday

Aug 8

2013

PhET in the Philippines

PhET Simulations are used not only in the United States, but also around the world. Rollan Inis from the Tagum City National High School in Tagum City, Philippines writes that Philippine teachers from remote “barangays” will be using the offline installation of PhET to “teach science in a very interesting manner.” In addition, PhET was used at a Grade 8 teacher training program held by the Department of Education.

Thanks Rollan for spreading the word on how PhET can enhance science and math learning in schools around the world.

Do you have a story on how PhET sims are being used? Please e-mail Kathy at Kathryn.Dessau@colorado.edu.

Friday

Jun 21

2013