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Learn How to Design Student Activity Worksheets

DesigningActivityVideo

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

Thursday

Mar 13

2014

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

PhET in Kazakhstan! Thank You Bilim Media Group

6A682C04-D1AF-461F-AB7C-2D7D3A56AD4BThank you Bilim Media Group and Effective Communication Strategies for your support of PhET. They are helping to put PhET simulations into the hands of Kazakhstan students. And with their generous donation to our HTML5 fund, they are helping to bring more tablet simulations to everyone!

 

Monday

Mar 3

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

Have You Tried Ohm’s Law on Tablets?

Ohm's Law

 

Have you tried the HTML5 version of Ohm’s Law?

See how the equation form of Ohm’s law relates to a simple circuit. Adjust the voltage and resistance, and see the current change according to Ohm’s law. The sizes of the symbols in the equation change to match the circuit diagram.

Monday

Feb 17

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

Forces and Motion: Basics

Forces and Motion Basic

Have you tried the  HTML5 iPad-compatible Forces and Motion: Basics simulation? Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Don’t forget that teaching resources, including teacher activities, can be found at http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/forces-and-motion-basics

Like our tablet-compatible simulations? Support bringing Circuit Construction Kit to iPads: http://www.crowdrise.com/PhETHTML5CCKSimulation

Or support building the “Teach with PhET” website: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpbuildteachwithphet

Every donation helps! Together we can improve the way science and math are learned.

Wednesday

Feb 5

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

Important update on PhET’s ‘Offline Website Installer’ package

Here’s an important update from our team regarding the ‘Offline Website Installer':

Dear PhET Users,

If you have previously downloaded the PhET’s ‘Offline Website Installer’ from our web site and installed a full copy of the PhET website on your computer, we have some important information for you.  If you haven’t, please disregard this message.

Due to some recent changes to Oracle’s Java security model (update released January 14), you may encounter problems running our simulations from your local installation if and when you update your Java version.  If you run into such problems, or wish to avoid them, please download the latest update of PhET’s installer from our web site.  You can find the appropriate installer for your environment here: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/get-phet/full-install.  Please note that this affects only the full installation, and not individually downloaded simulations.

If you encounter any problems with this, please feel free to contact us at phethelp@colorado.edu.  And, as always, thanks for being a PhET user.

Best Regards,
The PhET Team

Tuesday

Jan 21

2014