The Next Best Thing: Teaching with Simulations

Pete Vreeland and Marilyn Melstein
Room 108
Wednesday 1:45-3:00

Simulations provide students with the opportunity to engage important concepts in a very personal and direct way. Simula­tions provide students with meaningful and immediate feedback as they ex­plore new ideas. In this session, we will design learning activities that make the most of these power­ful learning tools.

"Telling is not teaching..

Listening is not learning..

Students need interactive engagement"

By the end of the session, you should be able to.....
- design a lesson that engages students in a meaningful exploration of an important idea in your subject area

and you should have the resources to.....
- plan, implement, and assess a variety of lessons that utilize simulations.

Practice Website - Projectiles


Shodor Curriculum Materials - Online resource covering a wide grade range of math, science, and integrated topics.
Shodor Curriculum Materials

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - A comprehensive collection of K12 math simulations organized using NCTM' s Principles and Standards
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Chem Collective - The Chemistry Collective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concepts tests which can be incorporated into a variety of teaching approaches as pre-labs, alternatives to textbook homework, and in-class activities for individuals or teams.

Online Class Timer - A java count up or down timer useful in managing the time you give students to complete investigations.
Online Java Timer

Learning Science - A collection of science simulations organized using the National Science Education Standards.
Learning Science

Physics Education - A very useful collection of physics simulations covering a range of mechanics and E&M topics.

Science Notebooks in K12 classrooms - A practical guide to using notebooks in a science classroom.
Science Notebooks

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments

Thanks for your interest in this session.