PhET Logo May 2013 Newsletter

PhET's End-of-School Campaign

Over the summer PhET will be hard at work upgrading our simulations for the new school year. Help support our summer vacation work and give the gift of learning by donating today!

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Sam overseas for PhET

Individual donations bring science to kids in your town and around the world.

So please consider:
$15 if you're a teacher who uses a few sims
$25-50+ if you use more sims
$200+ for individual schools
$500+ for districts

All donations are tax deductible.

Thanks for your support!

In the HTML5 Pipeline
(aka coming to iPad):

  • Build an Atom
  • Concentration
  • Beer's Law Lab
  • John Travoltage
  • Balloons and Static Electricity
  • Forces and Motion: Basics

Upcoming Events:

St. Louis, MO
May 15-18, 2013

ASEE Annual Conference
Atlanta, GA
June 23-25, 2013

AAPT Summer Meeting
Portland, OR
July 13-17, 2013

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium (formerly VSS)
Orlando, FL
October 27-30, 2013

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PhET is Busy Working on Two Big Initiatives:

Big Initiative #1: Designing a new "Teach with PhET" Website

Our new "Teach with PhET" companion website is being designed for you - teachers and other education professionals who are using or want to use PhET simulations in your work. With the new site, you will be able to easily find the simulations or activities relevant for your courses and to readily access a new suite of resources with ideas and strategies for classroom implementation based on our research. The website plan includes 1) research-based implementation strategies, including exemplar annotated activities and video clips from K12 and college classrooms, 2) professional videos introducing teachers to PhET, 3) course integration guidance and searchable K12 standards, 4) improved sharing and searching of simulations and teacher-contributed activities, 5) community forums, and 6) a "My PhET" feature where you can create custom collections of simulations and activities.

Featured Video:

Using PhET in Lecture: Going Beyond Demos

Using PhET in Lecture: Going Beyond Demos

Have you seen our latest video Using PhET in Lecture: Going Beyond Demos which is the first of many videos that will be available on the new site? 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 simulations with clickers and other instructional techniques to deliver engaging interactive lecture demonstrations that will make maximum impact on student learning.

Big Initiative #2: Creating Next-Generation PhET Simulations

Look for a handful of next-generation simulations to be available by the end of this summer, including HTML5 versions of Concentration, John Travoltage, and Forces and Motion: Basics. These next-generation simulations will not only be touch and tablet optimized but will also eventually include additional improvements such as enhanced data input-output capabilities to support 3rd party customization. Because all our next-generation simulations will be HTML5, they will run seamlessly on all of today's classroom technologies from PCs, to tablets (iPads or Android-based), to Chromebooks.

Help bring PhET simulations to the iPad!

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Featured New Sim:

Graphing Lines

Plate Tectonics simulation

We're excited to add another simulation to our growing mathematics collection. With the new Graphing Lines simulation, explore the world of lines. Investigate the relationships between linear equations, slope, and graphs of lines. Challenge yourself in the line game!

After the activity, students will be able to:

  • Explain how the slope of a graphed line can be computed.
  • Graph a line given an equation in either slope-intercept or point-slope form.
  • Write an equation in slope-intercept or point-slope form given a graphed line.
  • Predict how changing variables in a linear equation will affect the graphed line.

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