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Abstract Title: Examining the use of PhET interactive simulations in US classrooms
Abstract: A growing number of K12 and college educators are using the collection of interactive simulations developed by the PhET Interactive Simulations project at University of Colorado Boulder. The design of each simulation is based on education research and tested with students, and is honed to support inquiry-based instruction. The resulting simulations are also – simultaneously and purposefully – highly flexible tools, compatible with diverse learning goals, implementation contexts, pedagogical approaches, grade levels, and learners. While website statistics establish that over 45 million simulations are run per year, these statistics provide little information about who uses the simulations and how they are being used. We report on the results of a large-scale, self-report survey of K12 and college educators who are using PhET in their instruction. We analyze this dataset to examine, for example, who uses PhET simulations, with which populations of students, towards what learning goals, and with what pedagogical approaches.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Katherine Perkins
University of Colorado Boulder
UCB 390
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 3034926714
and Co-Presenter(s)
Stephanie Chasteen, University of Colorado Boulder
Emily Moore, University of Colorado Boulder

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