Teacher Review for PhET Interactive Simulations

A Great Way to Make STEM Classrooms More Interactive

My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I would use this resource as a method of allowing students to explore a concept after it has been introduced to them through a lecture. Once the students have learned the underlying mathematics for a certain concept. It is highly beneficial for them to be able to explore how such a concept would be present in reality. For example, I would use the DC circuit simulation after going over the basics of circuits with my students. This would let students take the information I have given them and allow them to explore their own current understanding of what they have learned.
My Take
Overall, I would say that these interactive simulation are great teaching tools. I really like that they allow students to explore how slight changes in the parameters of the simulation can have a large impact on the outcome. I think this tool also stimulates the creativity and critical thinking of the students by allowing them to explore various cases that I may not cover. Science and mathematics are often simplified in the problems teachers give so allowing students to utilize a simulation to test various edge cases will show them how more complex phenomena can appear. For the circuit simulations, students can use these to see what will and will not work within a circuit. This is also a great way for students to work on circuit problems without electrical equipment. The one thing that I do not particularly like about the simulations is that they do not have full coverage within a subject. Some of the simulations also tend to be too simplified to be helpful.