PhET Interactive Simulations are research-based interactive tools that you can use to teach and learn physics, chemistry, math, biology and other sciences. As a teacher, you can select from the current simulation collections based on your subject. You can design your own simulation or modify the current ones to better meet your course requirements. With these simulations, students can explore the animated and interactive environment.
Here are a few features that PhET has:
- Virtual Laboratories: students can use PhET virtual laboratories to build circuits and observe how things work together in a chemistry experiment without having to worry about making a mess or breaking things.
- Visualizing the invisible: students can use PhET to observe the invisible elements in an experiment, such as atoms and wave interference and thus get a better understanding of complex concepts.
- Embedded games and challenges: PhET also provides many games and activities that teachers can use to inspire and engage students in their classes.
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As a science teacher, you may find it difficult to engage your students and ensure that everyone understands the concepts you’re talking about. With PhET, you can give your students a chance to explore the real steps involved in a science experiment using PhET simulations. These simulations can provide them with a better understanding about specific concepts. Additionally, it’s intuitive, entertaining, and engaging!
It only takes a few steps to get started:
- First, choose the platform that you want to work on. Currently, PhET has a web-based version that you can use on your computers, a mobile version from the apple store for $0.99, and an Android version that you can try out on your Android devices.
- Register as a teacher here.
- Conduct a search on the website, or use the filters to find what you are looking for.
- Once you have selected what you wish to explore, you can read the descriptions and download the teacher tips. You can also download the simulation or choose to embed it in your own blog or website. All the simulations available on the website are open educational resources that allow free reuse and remix, without redistribution or use for commercial purposes.