Teacher Review for Algodoo

If you can dream it you can make it! Great for modelling physical events and building machines.

Steve K.
School district administrator
Dubai American Academy
Dubai,
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
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
I have used this program as a modelling tool for many different science units. Students can build almost anything allowing them to discover concepts such as buoyancy, density, friction, potential and kinetic energy, the list goes on. The learning curve is a bit steep on this, but once the students get going they can do amazing things.
My Take
Due to the steep learning curve I recommend introducing this in grade 4 and continuing with it from there. Next Gen science standards require modelling, and this could be a very useful way to do that in many cases.