Teacher Review for The Physics Classroom

Interactive simulations with immediate feedback encourage students to continue trying even when not successful!

Douglas M.
Classroom teacher
Montour High School
McKees Rocks, United States
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My Grades 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 Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
The students used an interactive simulation, Free Body Diagrams, involving a concept with little previous discussion and no direct instruction. The simulation was easy to use, and the students appreciated the instant feedback. Students were determined to get all parts of the activity correct The only negative that the students encountered was their work not being saved. The classtime ended before many completed the activity and closing the website meant that they needed to start over. They really wanted to see that they could successfully complete all parts of the activity.
My Take
Because it was a new concept, this was a controlled way for student to find out for themselves what they did or did not understand free from judgemental eyes. As the teacher I was excited to receive a higher than normal influx of student questions as compared to giving direct instruction prior to completing an activity. Students, quite simply, were more actively engaged with the learning.