Teacher Review for Algodoo

Excellent physics playground with sandbox and lesson-driven capabilities.

My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
While I do not teach a class, I downloaded the program and played with it for a while. I intend on using it with my daughter when she takes physics, and recommending it to my friends. The pre-generated lessons are fantastic, and being able to create and share your own scenes would greatly enhanced collaborative learning.
My Take
Honestly, I wish I was a teacher so that I COULD use this with students. The interface has a bit of a learning curve, as there are combinations of navigation menu items and right-click context menu items that are not immediately obvious. However, the interface is no more complicated than Microsoft Word or some video game menus, so it wouldn't be any great obstacle. The only downside is that it is 2-D, as 3-D modeling would open up new ways of interacting with the scenes. However, the concepts taught are spot on.