Teacher Review for PhET Interactive Simulations

Interactive- but can be confusing/lengthy

Jessica J.
Technology coordinator
Albemarle County Public Schools
Charlottesville, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Students interact with various simulators. PhET offers a wide variety of math and science applications. There are lots of ways to interact with each of the labs.
My Take
Students sometimes have too many variables/manipulatives to change and that can result in confusion of the outcome. A lot of the student activities are long and can be overwhelming. I often select part of the activity to complete.