Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, gotten excited to use.
Advanced Elementary science, Middle school-University
Fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET™ project at the University of Colorado. All delivered Free to schools and Universities. Here’s an example:
Wouldn’t show on my WP.COM blog. Click here to visit my WP.ORG for an embedded simulation. PhET believes that their research-based approach enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)
- states of matter
- gravity and orbits
- molecules and light
- build a molecule
- and more
These can be downloaded, embedded in a school website, or played on the University website. With contributions from science professionals around the world, this site delivers more than 75 million simulations for educational use. I can’t even get my head around that number. Go. Check it out. Let me know what you think.
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.