PhET – Science and Math Simulations

I was doing some research for a resource visit last week, and I came across this great resource from the University of Colorado Boulder. It is called PhET and it provides free interactive math and science simulations. 


 Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

The simulations are written in Java, Flash or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source and are free to all students and teachers. They are great to show on your interactive board.


Here’s a short video introduction to the PhET simulations:

A couple of my favorite simulations are the Plinko Probability simulation, Balancing Chemical Equations simulation, and John Travoltage. read more

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Keeping Track of Stuff

Have you ever heard of Google Keep? Its a little known google app that lives in your gSuite account and if you have not tried it for few months it may be worth your while to give it another look.

So what is Google Keep? If you are familiar with Evernote or even Apple’s notes app then you probably have some idea. Basically a note taking program that syncs across all your devices.

So what are some of the uses that you can put it to?
  • Save your shortened urls or QR codes
  • Take notes at a parent teacher conference.
  • Capture photos of a conference presentation.
  • Record a voice memo
  • Make a shopping list
  • Share action items with your team.

Google Keep is available in apps and as a chrome application. It works in iOS and Android as well as in your favorite browser. Give it a try and see if you find it useful. I certainly did this week.

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