Overview

Indicates a research-demonstrated benefit

Overview

Open-ended game-like simulations that include expert visual models, enabling scientist-like exploration and real-world connections.

Type of Method Curriculum supplement, Computer simulations
Level Designed for: Intro College Calculus-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College Algebra-basedReferences coming soon, Intro College ConceptualReferences coming soon, IntermediateReferences coming soon, Teacher Prep Course, High School, Upper-level Undergraduate
Can be adapted for: Grade School to Grad School
Setting Designed for: Lecture - Large (30+ students)References coming soon, Recitation/Discussion SessionReferences coming soon, LabReferences coming soon, Lecture - Small (<30 students), Homework, Studio
Coverage Few topics with great depth, Many topics with less depth
Topics Mechanics, Electricity / Magnetism, Waves / Optics, Thermal / Statistical, Modern / Quantum, Mathematical, Astronomy, Other Science
Instructor Effort Low
Resource Needs Computers for students, Access to computers either in or outside of class
Skills Designed for: Conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, Making real-world connections, Using multiple representations
Can be adapted for: Lab skillsReferences coming soon, Problem-solving skills, Designing experiments
Research Validation Based on research into: theories of how students learnReferences coming soon, student ideas about specific topicsReferences coming soon
Demonstrated to improve: conceptual understandingReferences coming soon, lab skillsReferences coming soon, beliefs and attitudesReferences coming soon
Studied using: cycle of research and redevelopmentReferences coming soon, student interviewsReferences coming soon, classroom observationsReferences coming soon, analysis of written workReferences coming soon, research at multiple institutionsReferences coming soon, research by multiple groupsReferences coming soon, peer-reviewed publicationReferences coming soon
Compatible Methods Peer Instruction, UW Tutorials, JiTT, Ranking Tasks, ILDs, CGPS, Physlets, Context-Rich Problems, RealTime Physics, Workshop Physics, TIPERs, ABP Tutorials, SCALE-UP, Modeling, OSP, SDI Labs, OST Tutorials, ISLE, Thinking Problems, Workbook for Introductory Physics, LA Program, PET, PSET, LEPS, CAE TPS, Lecture-Tutorials, Astro Ranking Tasks, MBL, New Model Course, CPU, SCL, TEFA, CU Modern, CU E&M, CU QM, QuILTs, IQP, Thermal Tutorials, Mechanics Tutorials, Energy Project, SGSI, Paradigms, EiP, Tools for Scientific Thinking, PI QM, M&I, Tutorials, Clickers, MOP, Responsive Teaching
Similar Methods Physlets, OSP, CPU
Developer(s) PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado - Boulder
Website http://phet.colorado.edu/
Intro Article Factors promoting engaged exploration with computer simulations