Teacher Review for PhET Interactive Simulations

It is a useful tool to make STEM classroom

PEIQING Z.
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
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My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
How I Use It
This tool allows students to explore a concept after it has been introduced to them following a lecture. Once students have learned the basic mathematics of a particular concept. It is very beneficial for them to be able to discover how such a concept exists in reality. For example, I use experimental simulations after I have worked with students on the basics of chemistry. This allows the students to use the knowledge I have given them and enables them to explore their present comprehension of what they have learned.
My Take
I encourage teachers to use it. However, the quality of your course is more important than relying on simulations. Observation and debriefing are key. There's a broad variety of simulations to pick from which make testing different aspects of testing things fun.