The PhET Interactive Simulations Project, http//phet.colorado.edu provides simulations (sims) specifically designed and tested to support student learning. However, what students do with the sims is as important as the simulations themselves. PhET sims may be used in many different types of activities but we believe the sims are most effective with activities which use guided inquiry enabling students to construct their own understanding. In order to productively support student exploration, we suggest:
Want to find activities that exemplify these strategies? Look for Gold Star activities when browsing activities at http://phet.colorado.edu/en/for-teachers/browse-activities.