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