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written by Katherine Perkins, Noah S. Podolefsky, Kelly Lancaster, and Emily B. Moore
Since 2002, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado has been creating and researching interactive simulations for advancing science education. Each PhET simulation creates an animated, interactive, game-like environment in which students learn through scientist-like exploration. Here, we describe our current approaches to and perspectives on effective simulation design – approaches that are grounded in research on learning, informed by over 500 student interviews, and refined over the course of developing 115 simulations across multiple science topics. Applying these approaches has resulted in a suite of simulations that are freely available, integrated into diverse learning environments, used over 30 million times per year, translated into 67 languages, and transforming how students learn science. Many elements of PhET's framework for effective design can be adapted and applied to a variety of learning tools.
EdMedia + Innovate Learning
Part of the World Conference in Educational Media and Technology series
Denver, Colorado: June 26-30, 2012
Pages 436-441
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© 2012 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
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Interactive simulation research, PhET research
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Metadata instance created September 15, 2022 by Lauren Bauman
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K. Perkins, N. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, and E. Moore, , presented at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Denver, Colorado, 2012, WWW Document, (https://www.learntechlib.org/p/40781/).
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K. Perkins, N. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, and E. Moore, Creating Effective Interactive Tools for Learning: Insights from the PhET Interactive Simulations Project, presented at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Denver, Colorado, 2012, <https://www.learntechlib.org/p/40781/>.
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Perkins, K., Podolefsky, N., Lancaster, K., & Moore, E. (2012, June 26-30). Creating Effective Interactive Tools for Learning: Insights from the PhET Interactive Simulations Project. Paper presented at EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Denver, Colorado. Retrieved September 29, 2023, from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/40781/
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Perkins, K, N. Podolefsky, K. Lancaster, and E. Moore. "Creating Effective Interactive Tools for Learning: Insights from the PhET Interactive Simulations Project." Paper presented at the EdMedia + Innovate Learning, Denver, Colorado, June 26-30, 2012. https://www.learntechlib.org/p/40781/ (accessed 29 September 2023).
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Perkins, Katherine, Noah S. Podolefsky, Kelly Lancaster, and Emily Moore. "Creating Effective Interactive Tools for Learning: Insights from the PhET Interactive Simulations Project." EdMedia + Innovate Learning. Denver, Colorado: 2012. 436-441 of World Conference in Educational Media and Technology. 29 Sep. 2023 <https://www.learntechlib.org/p/40781/>.
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@inproceedings{ Author = "Katherine Perkins and Noah S. Podolefsky and Kelly Lancaster and Emily Moore", Title = {Creating Effective Interactive Tools for Learning: Insights from the PhET Interactive Simulations Project}, BookTitle = {EdMedia + Innovate Learning}, Pages = {436-441}, Address = {Denver, Colorado}, Series = {World Conference in Educational Media and Technology}, Month = {June 26-30}, Year = {2012} }
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