Share Paper: Inquiry-based Lessons and PhET Simulations - A great match for Middle School Classrooms

  1. Elyse Zimmer, UTeach Outreach, United States
Monday, March 5 10:15 AM-11:15 AM William Barton

Abstract: 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 ...