PhET for Innovative Learning
PhET simulations were developed at the University of Colorado, Boulder and originally started as a simple tool to help high school and college students understand the principles of physics. Now, PhET simulations have math, biology, earth science, and chemistry in addition to physics. These learning activities can be filtered by grade level and consist of interactive learning experiments that let the student be the scientist and manipulate variables to see what happens. Young students can practice arithmetic and fractions while older students can tinker with trigonometric functions. Don’t forget the physics with fun simulations like Skate park and Collision Lab. These experiential learning activities have all been redone in HTML5 so they work on nearly any device that has an Internet connected browser. If you’re not sure how to best use simulations with your lesson, check out the teacher resources for lesson plans and great ideas from other educators and the developing scientists.