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What Goes Into an #HTML5 PhET Simulation?

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To give you an idea of what it takes to repurpose an #HTML5 sim, a simple sim (only one tab, such as Balloons and Static Electricity) takes at least several months and a team of 3-4 people, from start to testing to launch. With each sim, we

  • modernize the look and feel
  • address any issues/suggestions
  • re-design the layout and interface for cross-platform (both mouse and touch) use–e.g., ensure a hand doesn’t block essential functions during touch usage, redesign all “right-click” functions, etc.

 

While we have over 50,000 lines of common code to build our JAVA simulations (things like rulers, sliders, buttons and control panels), we started with zero HTML5. Your generosity supports our building an ever-growing library and many more new #HTML5 sims to come.

Thank You for Your Support!

Friday

Jan 23

2015

New Video on PhET’s YouTube Channel “Facilitating Activities with PhET: An Overview”

Facilitating Acivities

Have you seen our latest video, Facilitating Activities with PhET: An Overview? This video gives an overview of strategies for effective facilitation of K12 activities using PhET. Hear about some examples from fellow teachers. Should students play with PhET before discussions? How do you address questions about the simulation? How do you enable students to explore on their own?

Tuesday

Jan 20

2015

PhET Honored at Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education

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We’re excited to announce that we are one of two overall winners of the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014: Reimagine Education. PhET, along with PaGamO, the world’s first multi-student social game, shared the honor and a $50,000 prize. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), publisher of the QS World University Rankings, developed the global Wharton-QS Stars competition to identify the most innovative approaches in higher education to enhance learning and student employability in partnership with The Wharton School SEI Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The global competition received submissions from 427 universities and enterprises from 43 countries with 21 awards judged by a panel of 25 international experts – a who’s who of higher education.

Thanks everyone who has supported PhET!
We couldn’t have won without you.

 

 

Monday

Jan 12

2015

New Year…New PhET Home Page!

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Have you seen our new home page? Simulations are easier to find with the large blue “Play” button. And, social media, informative You-Tube videos and newly added Pinterest buttons are now available on the right-hand side of every page.

Happy 2015 New Year!

Monday

Jan 5

2015

Don’t Forget PhET’s Annual Campaign!

A big ‘Thank You!’ to all of you who have already contributed to PhET during our 2014 Annual Giving Campaign.

If you considered donating, but haven’t gotten to it yet, there’s still time.

Please help support PhET with a donation to our Annual Giving Campaign. Together, we have impacted millions of students, with over 75 million sim runs in 2014 across 200 countries and territories. And at a complete project cost of only 2 cents per sim run. Your donation now will fuel our 2015 HTML5 sim conversions.

Every dollar really does help.

Whether you’re an educator, parent, student, STEM supporter or a company, consider sponsoring 500, 2500, or more sim runs with a donation of $10, $50, or more.

Donate Today: http://phet.colorado.edu/donate

Thank you and Happy New Year.

Monday

Dec 29

2014

Happy Holidays from PhET

PhET group photo Fall 2014

From our family to yours, we wish you all a Happy Holiday and New Year!

Tuesday

Dec 23

2014

#HTML5 Energy Skate Park: Basics Sim Now Online!

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We are so excited to have online #HTML5 Energy Skate Park: Basics! Help bring more #HTML5 sims with a donation to PhET’s Annual Campaign. Any amount helps!

Donate Today

Thank you.
And, Happy Holidays and New Year!

Your PhET Team,
Dr. Kathy Perkins, Director and Dr. Kathy Dessau, Assistant Director
along with Aaron, Amanda, Amy, Ariel, Arnab, Beth, Bryan, Carl, Chris, Emily M., Emily R., Jesse, John, Jonathan, Karina, Liam, Linda, Matthew, Mike, Noah, Oliver O., Oliver N., Robert, Yuen-ying, Sam M., Sam R., Steele, Stephanie, and Trish

 

Monday

Dec 15

2014

See PhET’s Teaching Activity on Forces and Motion at Science Friday

SciFri Forces and Motion

We’ve joined with Science Friday to offer a great new Teaching Activity “Simulate Net Forces to Predict an Object’s Motion” with our Forces and Motion: Basics sim.

Thanks Science Friday!

Wednesday

Dec 10

2014

A Quick Way to Find Device-Specific PhET Sims

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Looking for device-specific simulations? With the this new page (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/by-device), we’ve made it easier to find either iPad/Tablet or Chromebook PhET simulations.

  • ‘iPad/Tablet’ lists all HTML5 sims or those that have an HTML5 version.
  • ‘Chromebook’ lists all HTML5 sims or those that have an HTML5 version as well as all Flash sims. (Chromebooks support Flash.)

Note: once you’re in on the specific sim page, click on the Orange “Run in HTML5″ button.

Monday

Dec 8

2014

Please Remember PhET This #GivingTuesday!

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It’s #GivingTuesday! Please give the gift of science and math to millions of children around the world. If you’re an educator, parent, student, STEM supporter or a company, please consider donating to PhET today. Any amount helps — minimum donation is $10.

Donate

Tuesday

Dec 2

2014