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How and why do high school teachers use PhET interactive simulations?
written by Argenta M. Price, Katherine K. Perkins, Natasha G. Holmes, and Carl E. Wieman
As educational technologies become increasingly important in K-12 physics education, it is important to understand why and how teachers choose to adopt certain technologies. We examined ~ 2000 responses from a survey of high school teachers on how they used PhET interactive simulations (mostly in physics) and what value they felt it provided their students. The analysis helps inform what aspects of an educational technology support or hinder its adoption. First, the teachers valued flexibility. They used simulations in multiple ways for a variety of learning goals, primarily: understanding content, science process, and motivation. Second, they often chose implementations in which students control the simulation. Finally, they noted the value of specific affordances: visualization, seeing and controlling what's normally not possible, and manipulation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Applied Research
- Technology
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Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Instructor: In-service
- Teacher Characteristics
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A. Price, K. Perkins, N. Holmes, and C. Wieman, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14842&DocID=4989).
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A. Price, K. Perkins, N. Holmes, and C. Wieman, How and why do high school teachers use PhET interactive simulations?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14842&DocID=4989>.
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Price, A., Perkins, K., Holmes, N., & Wieman, C. (2018, August 1-2). How and why do high school teachers use PhET interactive simulations?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved June 16, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14842&DocID=4989
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Price, A, K. Perkins, N. Holmes, and C. Wieman. "How and why do high school teachers use PhET interactive simulations?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14842&DocID=4989 (accessed 16 June 2019).
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Price, Argenta M., Katherine Perkins, Natasha Holmes, and Carl Wieman. "How and why do high school teachers use PhET interactive simulations?." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 16 June 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14842&DocID=4989>.
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