Teacher Review for PhET Interactive Simulations

Great for visualizing certain biological concepts over time, for example Natural Selection. Offers a moderate amount of variables that can be added to see what changing one or two variables have an effect on a population

Vincent C.
Classroom teacher
La Sierra University
Riverside, CA
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
How I Use It
I would use it to provide visual support to concepts that I am trying my students to learn. It would show the real time implications of: if I change a variable how does the population or environment change? The effect Natural selection has on genes that are present in a population over time
My Take
It is a good concept and for me more of a start. It helps you see certain concepts but without guidance or instruction it is easy to get lost in the interface. It is definitely a tool to be used side by side with instruction but sometimes the interface has a little too much going on. Possibly organize the variables added so there isn't so much on one screen