Teacher Review for PhET Interactive Simulations

A additional tool that can be used to assist learning

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 Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
How I Use It
I would use this product to assist in further extending the understanding of a class topic. Prior to jumping into a simulation, I would need to first explain and teach the necessary material and knowledge so that students have a clear idea of what they are doing and what they need to do. These simulations can be implemented into a class led discussions as break apart activities.
My Take
I think this can further help students understand scientific content by giving them a visual and hands-on approach to how some concepts work. Though this product is beneficial in adding to the class topic, it can only work with the teacher is leading the class and thoroughly explaining the steps needed to correctly do the simulation. If clear directions are not given students can lose their way and become confused. This product could be a hit or miss depending on how well the teacher plans the activity out.