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PhET Webinar - July 11, 2012


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A presentation about PhET science and math simulations made as a part of this P2PU School of Ed course

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PhET Webinar - July 11, 2012

  1. 1. Using PhET Interactive Simulations Live Discussion 1Are you early? Check outthis sim Salts and SolubilityTrish Loeblein and Karen Fasimpaur Please mute your microphone in Workshop Sponsored by P2PU upper left corner July 11, 2012
  2. 2. Goals• Q&A: How does the homework help be a collaborative learner?• Address participants comments from homework.• Give more info about sim design and best practices for use• Explore the simulations and activities• Next homework: Ideas for planning use in your environment – Watch for “Tasks”
  3. 3. Q&AHow does the homework help be acollaborative learner?1. Get to know each other2. Explore some PhET resourcesChat or Raise your hand
  4. 4. Some answers to commentsNext slides include more details thanin “Replies” from online course Feel free to chat or raise your hand
  5. 5. Whose Trish?Experience with PhET• Trish — teaching chem, physics, math since 1981• 7 years of PhET use in High School• See “Using PhET simulation activities in High School Chemistry: Examples”
  6. 6. How can PhET be free?National Science FoundationThe Hewlett FoundationThe O’Donnell FoundationThe University of ColoradoCarl Wieman & Sarah GilbertCorporate sponsors, schools, and individuals like you!
  7. 7. Who is PhET?
  8. 8. What makes these sims effectiveeducational tools? Beer’s Law Lab Designed for Inquiry
  9. 9. PhET design principles? Inviting, intuitive interface, usable without instructions Highly interactive: instant animated feedback as students explore Accurate, dynamic visual representations; show the invisible Allow actions that would be difficult or impossible in the real world Game-like environment Interface design that implicitly scaffolds inquiry
  10. 10. PhET design process? Learning goals Final designInitial design Research Interviews Classrooms Redesign
  11. 11. Is the sim intuitive? Do students find the controls?
  12. 12. Redesign Before After Can you spot the changes?
  13. 13. PhET’s goals for students? Engage Learn Have Fun! Take Ownership Make Connections See Science as Accessible
  14. 14. PhET’s goals for teachers? Student Centered Multi-Level Goals Value Student Ideas Engage with Students Encourage and Guide Inquiry Build On Student Prior Knowledge
  15. 15. Research behind sims? How can an activity affect student interaction with the sim? Acid-Base Solutions
  16. 16. Three different activities A3: Heavy In the “Solutions” section of the control panel, select “Strong Acid.” Record the equation. A2: Medium Guidance Use the “Introduction” tab to compare strong and weak acid solutions. Describe all the ways that the solutions are similar and different. A1: Light Explore the sim. Make sure to investigate all of the factors that affect the pH of a solution.
  17. 17. Guidance affects interaction Sim Interaction Guidance clicks per minute
  18. 18. More guidance = less exploration Selected Showed Dunked pH Dunked pH Completed base solvent meter paper circuit See “SEI Resources on Instruction”
  19. 19. Activity design – your thoughts Salts and Solubility Keep BigBlueButton open -Play with this sim for 4 minutes. Listen to be called back for discussion
  20. 20. Designing inquiry activities Add 100 silver Investigate bromide pairs to different salts. the water. How What features many silver and do salts have in bromide ions common, and dissolve in the how do salts water? Repeat differ from each this for all salts. other?What will students be doing and learning?
  21. 21. Research based inquiry strategies  Specific learning goals  Students reason and make sense  Connect to students’ knowledge & experiences  Collaborative activities  Minimal directions  Students self-check understandingNext homework: Check out for more PhET Advice for Inquiry
  22. 22. How might you use PhET sims? • Context and activity are very important!
  23. 23. Tips for productive inquiry• Start with 5-10 minute open play – Establish student ownership of the sim• Minimize or eliminate “sim-specific directions”• Use open, investigative questions Set the acid Explore all concentration the things that to 0.010 M … affect pH.
  24. 24. PhET activity database• Get activities online – Over 500 activities – Open-use license: Creative Commons – Attribution – Gold stars align with PhET strategies• Write your own activities and share – Posting to the database is easy and helps other teachers – Combine existing activities or write from scratch to address your learning goals
  25. 25. Thanks for participating!• Visit us on the web – – Watch for new sims – Download handouts from today – Contribute a teaching activity• Contact us – – Suggest new sim topics – Report bugs• Keep in touch
  26. 26. Explore the sims and tasks
  27. 27. See you next Wednesday foranother live discussion