In the Trenches

Thoughts and Ideas from a Classroom Teacher

PhET

on November 8, 2012

Are you looking for ways to introduce your students to basic and advanced science concepts? Do you have a one-computer classroom?

Check out these awesome science simulations on the PhET site in all science content areas from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I was looking for a way to show my students how the movement of molecules changes when heat is applied or reduced, and I found “States of Matter: Basic” simulation. It’s easy to find (I just searched “matter”) and easy to use, without having any exceptional technology requirements. For those of us with download restrictions on our school computers, I also appreciate that you can run them online. These activities could be great for classroom demos, student research or classroom flipping. How else do you see using them in your classroom?

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