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written by Katherine K. Perkins, Emily Moore, Noah S. Podolefsky, Kelly Lancaster, and Christine Denison
The PhET Interactive Simulations Project at the University of Colorado Boulder has begun a new effort to develop and research simulations ('sims') for middle school physical science. PhET sims have typically been aimed at the college level, but many sims are used in middle school classrooms. Thus, we aim to study the use of PhET sims at this level more systematically, particularly investigating elements of effective sim design and classroom implementation. Over the past year, we have collected observations of middle school students and teachers using PhET simulations. These observations include more than 80 student interviews as well as classroom implementations from 5th-8th grade by 4 different teachers. In this paper, we present initial insights that are emerging from these observations and propose several strategies for designing and implementing simulation activities. We include concrete examples of activities where these strategies have been used effectively.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 295-298
Editor's Note: The simulations upon which this study was based are excellent and have been used widely from upper elementary to high school and beyond. They have also been used very effectively with preservice elementary and secondary teachers.
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- Pedagogy
= Instructional Issues
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= Multimedia
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Activity Design, PERC 2011, PhET, Simulations
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K. Perkins, E. Moore, N. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, and C. Denison, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11871&DocID=2719).
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K. Perkins, E. Moore, N. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, and C. Denison, Towards research-based strategies for using PhET simulations in middle school physical science classes presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11871&DocID=2719>.
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Perkins, K., Moore, E., Podolefsky, N., Lancaster, K., & Denison, C. (2011, August 3-4). Towards research-based strategies for using PhET simulations in middle school physical science classes. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved August 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11871&DocID=2719
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Perkins, K, E. Moore, N. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, and C. Denison. "Towards research-based strategies for using PhET simulations in middle school physical science classes." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11871&DocID=2719 (accessed 22 August 2014).
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Perkins, Katherine, Emily Moore, Noah S. Podolefsky, Kelly Lancaster, and Christine Denison. "Towards research-based strategies for using PhET simulations in middle school physical science classes." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 295-298 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 22 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11871&DocID=2719>.
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