Inquiry-based Lessons and PhET Simulations - A great match for Middle School Classrooms
Elyse Zimmer, UTeach Outreach, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
How can simulations combined with an inquiry model of teaching be effective in maximizing students’ learning and understanding of challenging concepts? PhET simulations are interactive research-based simulations of physical phenomena that are free and available on the Internet (see http://phet.colorado.edu). Part I of the workshop is an introduction to PhET simulations and Part II is the presentation of two inquiry-based lessons. During the presentation of the lessons, the inquiry teaching model will be discussed and emphasis will be placed on how the model is an effective tool in the classroom resulting in increased student engagement. Inquiry-based lesson plans and supplemental teacher materials will be supplied. The target audience for the workshop is anyone wishing to create learning experiences for middle school students following the inquiry model accompanied by simulations. The content covered in the workshop is aligned with the Physical Science National Standards.
Zimmer, E. (2012). Inquiry-based Lessons and PhET Simulations - A great match for Middle School Classrooms. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2652-2654). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).