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Using PhET in Lecture: Going Beyond Demos

Have you seen our latest video Using PhET in Lecture: Going Beyond Demos?

See how to use PhET simulations in powerful ways that engage a whole class in a large lecture setting. See examples of how you can incorporate clickers and other instructional techniques to deliver engaging interactive lecture demonstrations that will make maximum impact on student learning.

Wednesday

Jan 23

2013

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Dear Fellow Educators, Administrators, Education Resource Providers,

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Friday

Nov 9

2012

Projectile Motion Lesson from UTeach


Projectile Motion

Looking for a lesson on projectile motion for middle school? This lesson plan submitted by UTeach at UT-Austin has students investigate how air resistance affects different objects. Lesson objectives include:

  • Students will be able to describe projectile motion with no air resistance.
  • Students will be able to explain the effect of air resistance on a projectile.
  • Students will be able to explain the relationship between shape and air resistance.
  • Students will be able to contrast the motion of a projectile without air resistance to motion with air resistance.
  • Students will be able to predict the amount of air resistance an object would have relative to other objects.


Standards addressed: TEKS Science: 8.3C, 8.6C CCRS Science Standards: VIII-C1

Monday

Sep 17

2012

Using PhET in High School Chemistry


PhET in High School Chemistry

Chemistry Teachers – Getting ready for the new year?

See how Trish Loeblein, PhET K-12 Specialist and Evergreen High School physics & chemistry teacher, uses PhET sims in her high school chemistry course. The lessons include how to use PhET for demos, in-class activities, homeworks, and concept questions.

(The activities were designed for Trish’s Honors Chemistry course but can be easily adapted for many levels and needs.)

Thursday

Aug 16

2012

Get Ready for Algebra-Based Physics First Semester


Physics Semester One Lessons

Physics Teachers – Getting ready for the new year?

See how Trish Loeblein, PhET K-12 Specialist and Evergreen High School physics & chemistry teacher, uses sims during these first semester activities on kinematics. The lessons include how to use PhET for demos, in-class labs, homeworks, and concept questions.

(The activities are appropriate for many levels and can easily be adapted for your particular needs.)

Friday

Aug 10

2012

Energy Skate Park: Basics Lab


Energy Skate Park

This inquiry-based lab, written by PhET’s Noah Podolefsky, is great to teach Middle Schoolers about kinetic energy, potential energy and conservation of energy–before they hit the skate park for real over the summer!

Friday

May 11

2012

Please Help! We Need Your Input….


Molecule Shapes

Teachers, we need your input!

We have been experimenting with the addition of a new “Teacher” menu in our simulations. See “Teacher” along the upper left hand navigation in Molecule Shapes or Molecule Shapes: Basics. There you can change the background color to white.

Can you let us know how you might use this new Teacher menu and/or “white background” option in the comments below?

Thursday

Apr 12

2012

Gas Properties Activities for Middle School


Gas Properties

These inquiry-based activities are ideal for Grades 5-8. Through these activities students will be able to describe what air looks like at a microscopic level, explain how air applies pressure, and predict how various changes affect the pressure.

Tuesday

Apr 10

2012

Teacher Activity for Pendulum Lab


Pendulum Lab

This inquiry-based activity enables students to design their own experiment where they learn how to determine the gravitational acceleration on Planet X.

Wednesday

Apr 4

2012

Teacher Activity for Projectile Motion


Projectile Motion

Use this activity to help students learn how to write their own quadratic equation for the projectile path as they simulate various feats such as throwing a free throw, jumping a car, or shooting a missile over the Eiffel Tower.

Tuesday

Feb 28

2012